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Double Homicide: New Indictment and New Charge

Prosecutors now believe the two men accused of a 2020 double murder in Bend were involved in a murder-for-hire scheme. Yesterday, 57-year-old Ken Atkinson, and 31-year-old Nathan Detroit, appeared in Deschutes County Circuit Court to face a new indictment and a new charge. The co-defendants now stand accused of first-degree murder under the theory Atkinson paid his nephew Detroit to kill Atkinson’s brother and the brother’s fiancée. The pair was arrested October 1, 2021, more than a year after Ray Atkinson Jr. and Natasha Newby were found dead in their home on 12th Street. The co-defendants are being held without bail at the Deschutes County jail.

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