BANDON, Ore. — A Douglas County man appeared before a judge Tuesday on double murder and kidnapping charges.
Timothy Henson is charged with killing two people on Highway 101 over the holiday weekend.
The Hensons live in an unincorporated area near Myrtle Creek called Tri City. It’s a small area, but word is traveling fast about the murders along Highway 101 near Bandon that can be traced back to this small town.
“I’m shocked. I wouldn’t ever believe the kid could have done something like that,” said the suspect’s father Larry Henson.
Larry Henson’s son Timothy is behind bars, charged with killing his mother-in-law’s husband, 19-year-old George Micheaux and her 70-year-old ex-husband Milton Leach.
“They loved each other. Why it happened I wasn’t there, so I don’t know and I am sure that Timmy right now, that’s everything is said and done, he’s sorry that all happened,” Henson said.
Henson says his son Timothy and four other people headed out to the coast to camp out. The Coos County district attorney says somehow a fight started in the car on Highway 101 and Timothy’s’ wife was shot in the arm.
The car pulled over. That’s when the DA says Henson shot George Micheaux and Milton Leach, leaving them for dead. People driving along the highway started calling 911 after seeing their bodies along the highway. Micheaux died at the scene and Milton died at the hospital.
“I think it’s dope related. I don’t know,” Henson said.
A neighbor says his friend was related to one of the victims.
“Shocked me bad and she was very sad,” said neighbor William Lugo. “She said somebody got drunk or stoned something like that and shot two people and killed her little cousin.”
Henson says he plans on visiting his son in jail, trying to make sense of what happened.
“He’s not a dangerous person he just flew off the handle,” Henson said.
The DA says Timothy Henson ordered his wife and mother-in-law back in the car and made them drive him away. That’s where the kidnapping charges stem from.
Henson appeared before a judge Tuesday and will be back in court next Tuesday.