Saturday fight connected to recent murder


More violence continues to fallout in Pendleton following the murder of Manuel Nomee.

Pendleton Police Lt. Mark Swanson confirmed that a fight shortly after midnight Saturday at 719 S. Main St. goes back to Nomee's stabbing and death on Sept. 13.

Police are still compiling the report this morning, Swanson said, but initial information shows Pendleton-area resident Jeremiah James Johnson, 26, showed up at the house. Johnson was calm at first, Swanson said, but apparently that went south when the conversation turned onto Nomee's stabbing.

Swanson said Johnson was a friend of Nomee and discovered two people at the residence were friends with the people involved in killing Nomee.

Johnson then threatened to stab people, Swanson said, and when the residents tried to get Johnson off the property, he fought back. A group penned Johnson, who also managed to cut one person's hand, Swanson said.

Police arrived and arrested Johnson on felony charges of second-degree assault and assaulting a police officer and for misdemeanor disorderly conduct. He remains in the Umatilla County Jail in Pendleton on a $50,000 bond.

Within days of Nomee's death, Pendleton police arrested three Pendleton-area people: Waylon Speedis, 19; his younger brother, Cody Speedis, 17; and Tyler Neff, 18. State prosecutors have accused Waylon Speedis of stabbing and killing Nomee and have accused the other two of being involved in the fight that led to the death.

The state has charged Waylon Speedis with intentional murder, first-degree manslaughter and riot, all felonies. A conviction for murder in Oregon carries at least a 25-year prison term and first-degree manslaughter carries a 10-year minimum prison sentence. Riot is a Class C felony but doesn't have a mandatory minimum prison sentence.

Neff faces charges of second-degree assault, a felony with a mandatory minimum sentence of five years, 10 months upon conviction, and a riot charge.

Waylon Speedis and Neff are in the Umatilla County Jail in Pendleton. Neff has a release hearing Tuesday at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 3 at the Umatilla County Courthouse in Pendleton.

The younger Speedis is in a juvenile jail in The Dalles. He faces charges of second-degree unlawful use of mace and second-degree disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors.

Saturday's fight was the second incident of reported violence connected to the killing. The first was a Sept. 17 fire bombing of a home near downtown because the family there is associated with the Speedis family.

Pendleton police continue to work the firebombing case, Swanson said, and have asked a state police crime to put a rush on the evidence from the scene. Swanson also said police are looking to talk to a couple of people about the incident, but so far don't have any hard suspects.

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