No settlement was reached Monday during a conference between the Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office and Tyree Houfmuse, who is charged with murder, manslaughter, felon in possession of a firearm, and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, in the May death of Hermiston resident James Cragun.
Jaclyn Jenkins, the chief deputy district attorney, said the next step would likely be for the judge to set motion dates and trial dates, but no such dates have yet been scheduled.
Cragun’s parents and sister were at the courtroom Monday before it was closed for the private hearing. They talked about the toll the last few months has taken on their family.
“His kids are just going through hell,” said Beverly Cragun, the victim’s mother.
His sister, Cynthia Bailey, said the family was hoping for a life imprisonment sentence.
She said the family was also hoping to find out exactly what happened that night, as they still don’t know the exact series of events that led to Cragun’s death.
Some of Houfmuse’s relatives were also at the courthouse on Monday. Houfmuse’s aunt declined to comment on the case.