Court Document: Man murdered during medical marijuana robbery

Court Document: Man murdered during medical marijuana robbery »Play Video
Investigators from the Douglas County Major Crimes Team meet in front of the home where a man was found dead in Myrtle Creek.

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Three of the men accused of murdering a Tri-City man told investigators they had set out to rob the victim of his medical marijuana, according to court documents.

Five men now face murder charges for the October 20 death of 57-year-old William Joe Bruton.

Buford T. Harper, 27, Jarrad A. Ramsey, 28, and William "Billy" C. Aguayo, 21, were arrested November 1 on charges of murder.

Police arrested Lawrence Jace Harper, 22, of Canyonville and David Lee Habblett, 25, of Myrtle Creek on Wednesday, November 13. Lawrence and Buford are brothers.

According to a sworn probable cause affidavit filed by investigators in Douglas County Circuit Court, the three men arrested November 1 admitted to going to Bruton's home on Ulam Lane to rob him of his medical marijuana.

Buford Harper was in custody on an unrelated matter when he asked to speak to detectives and admitted to accidentally killing Bruton during the robbery, according to the affidavit.

Buford told investigators that he "repeatedly struck Bruton in the head and face but Bruton resisted so Buford Harper resorted to putting Bruton in a choke hold," the affidavit says.

Buford told authorities that Aguayo and one of the other men also struck Bruton.

When Buford realized Bruton stopped breathing, Buford tried to do CPR before the men took the marijuana and left, according to the account in the affidavit.

The court documents also say Aguayo and Ramsey admitted to taking part in the robbery, with Aguayo being the one who went inside with the others and Ramsey being "the get away driver."

The investigators told the court that all three men stated that they had pre-planned the robbery.

The probable cause affidavit for the arrests of Lawrence Harper and David Habblett were not immediately available.