Men accused in Salem shootings ordered held without bail

A judge has ordered two suspects accused of killing two Salem men and shooting a woman held without bail.

Posted: May 10, 2019 8:17 AM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A judge has ordered two suspects accused of killing two Salem men and shooting a woman held without bail.

The Statesman Journal reports that during their arraignment Thursday, the mother of one of the victims tearfully asked Judge Jennifer Gardiner to not release the men suspected of killing her son, calling them a threat to the community.

Keonte Caldwell, 23, and Curtis Deshawn Welch, 27, were arrested on two counts of aggravated murder and attempted murder.

Aggravated murder, which applies to murder involving multiple victims, children, pregnant women or law enforcement officers, carries a possible sentence of death or life in prison.

The men were arrested less than 24 hours after the fatal shooting Monday.

Bradley Kelley, 35, died at the scene. Michael Buntjer, 35, and Coral Olfert, 26, of Salem, were transported to the hospital with serious injuries. Buntjer later died at the hospital.

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