Bail set at $10 million each for arrested couple in deputy shooting

Bail set at $10 million each for arrested couple in deputy shooting
William Jack Parkerson and Karey Lee Pascoe.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The man and woman arrested in the shooting of a Klamath County sheriff's deputy were in court on Friday, where a judge set their bail at $10 million each.

Public defender Sammy Sanchez told Klamath County Circuit Judge Dan Bunch in Klamath Falls that her office would be hiring special attorneys to represent the two on charges including attempted aggravated murder.

The case against William Jack Parkerson, 30, and his girlfriend, Karey Lee Pascoe, 33, is slated to go to a grand jury next week, and they would be arraigned Sept. 8, District Attorney Rob Patridge said.

"It's very disturbing that we've had two violent shootings against police officers in one week in southern Oregon: one in Medford where shots were fired, and in Klamath Falls where a deputy was shot," Patridge said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Jason Weber, who was shot Wednesday during a traffic stop in Klamath Falls, underwent successful surgery to have a bullet removed from his head, Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah said.

The sheriff said Friday evening that Weber's brother, Eric, had just advised him the deputy was out of surgery and doing well. Weber was still listed in serious condition in intensive care at OHSU Hospital in Portland. Eric Weber is a Portland police officer.

The 40-year-old deputy now has three titanium plates in his face and will need a couple more surgeries, Skrah said.

"We're extremely pleased," the sheriff said. "He's a tough kid."

Parkerson and Pascoe appeared by video from the jail. Besides the attempted aggravated murder counts, Parkerson faces an assault charge, and Pascoe faces charges of assault and conspiracy.

Authorities have released few details about the shooting or the manhunt that followed.

Patridge said Pascoe was in the 1989 black Jeep Cherokee with Parkerson at the time of the shooting. A third person in the jeep, identified by authorities as Christopher Holmgren, was held on a probation violation for associating with felons but was not charged in the shooting.

The Jeep was later found near the rural community of Rocky Point on the western shore of Upper Klamath Lake, and Parkerson and Pascoe were arrested Thursday morning on the other side of the lake outside Chiloquin, a small town about 20 miles north of Klamath Falls.

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