Two charged in Cottage Grove man's death
COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. - Two masked men broke into a home on London Road in January and shot Terry Fruichantie dead in what an investigator called "a home invasion robbery turned homicide."
Five months later, two men are in custody facing charges related to the case.
One of those men faces charges of aggravated murder.
The Lane County Sheriff's Office took custody of Robert Paul Smith, 34, from the San Bernadino, Calif., Sheriff's Office.
Smith faces charges of Aggravated Murder, Robbery in the First Degree with a Firearm (5 counts), Burglary in the First Degree with a Firearm, Assault 2, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Tampering with Physical Evidence.
He was arrested in California on a warrant out of Lane County.
Last month on June 8, the Lane County Sheriff's Office arrested Kenneth Robert Lee, 46, as part of the case.
Lee faces Robbery in the First Degree with a Firearm (5 counts), Burglary in the First Degree with a Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Tampering with Physical Evidence.
Authorities responded to a 911 call Jan. 13 at 8:45 p.m. from a residence in the 72000 block of London Road in response to the report of a shooting.
Witnesses at the scene said two unknown individuals armed and wearing masks entered the residence and confronted Fruichantie and four other people in an apparent robbery attempt. One of the men shot Fruichantie. Both subjects then fled the scene.
Medics declared Fruichantie dead at the scene.
Over the course of the last five months, investigators have spent hundreds of hours on this investigation, including conducting over 100 interviews both locally and in Southern California, the Sheriff's Office said.
On June 8, 2012, Kenneth Robert Lee was contacted at 51752 Blue River Dr, Blue River, Oregon, and arrested in conjunction with this case.
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