Teens accused of murdering Eugene man await grand jury hearing

A grand jury will convene next week to determine if the teens will be indicted, and what any formal charges may be.

Posted: Oct 12, 2018 12:14 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The two teenagers suspected of murdering a Eugene man earlier this month were arraigned Friday morning.

On Wednesday, police arrested Jessica Simmons, 15, and Jonathan Kirkpatrick, 16, in connection with the murder of Ovid Neal, 56.

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Simmons faces murder and robbery charges, and Kirkpatrick faces aggravated murder and robbery charges.

Prosecutors said the teenagers are being charged as adults.

At the arraignment Kirkpatrick pleaded not guilty. Simmons did not enter a plea.

However, the charges at this time are temporary. A grand jury will convene next week to determine if the teens will be indicted, and what any formal charges may be.

The temporary charges allow for the initiation of a court case.

The judge ordered no contact between the teens while they are being held at the John Serbu Youth Detention Center in Eugene.

Neal was found after 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 3 down on the sidewalk near a parking garage in the area of Pearl Street and East 10th Alley.

Medics treated Neal on the scene, and he later died.

Stay with KEZI 9 News for updates.

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