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DA won’t seek death penalty in Bend mother’s murder case


Tashina Jordan allegedly shot, killed her 7-year-old seriously disabled son

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- The Deschutes County district attorney won't seek the death penalty in the case of Tashina Jordan, a Bend mother accused of fatally shooting her 7-year-old severely disabled son in August 2018.

That decision came to light at a status hearing Wednesday in the case of the now-30-year-old woman, charged with aggravated murder of her son, Mason, after which she tried to kill herself with an overdose of pills

"The state is no longer seeking a sentence of death" in the case, District Attorney John Hummel told NewsChannel 21 late Wednesday.

"I determined her conduct did not warrant a sentence of death," Hummel added.

Since the boy's killing, Oregon lawmakers had passed a bill that sharply narrowed the list of crimes punishable by death, which included the killing of children younger than 14, for which Jordan's case would have qualified.

Jordan is scheduled to go on trial on Oct. 13, 2020. Trial readiness and motion hearings are scheduled for the weeks before the trial.

Jordan was the primary caretaker of her son, who suffered brain bleeds as an infant and lapsed into a coma before reawakening. He was unable to feed, bathe or dress himself and used a wheelchair.

Hummel initially had said he expected to decide in one or two months whether to seek the death penalty in the case.

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Barney Lerten

Barney is the digital content director for NewsChannel 21. Learn more about Barney here.



  1. Sad story and I agree with the DA, but guessing she had no help, no life, and no way out. For sure there were other options but she decided to just end it all but failed. As a young mother, caring for a severely disabled child is not something anyone would sign up for.

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