Union County triple-murder suspect in Pendleton

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Union County triple-murder suspect Gregory Alvin Cook is in the Umatilla County Jail in Pendleton.

Cook, 42 is facing a murder charge for the death of Shannon McKillop, 51, and two counts of aggravated murder for the deaths of Frank Scaramuzzi, 50, and Jeremiah Johnston, 28. All the victims lived in Elgin.

Dulcie Dixon, assistant at the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, said officials at the Union County Correctional Facility in La Grande traded Cook for an inmate in Pendleton because Union County prefers to hold high-profile suspects at nearby jails. Cook was booked in Umatilla County on Friday.

The case started July 24, when a child found a severed hand near Elgin in a pond on Boise Cascade property. Ten days later, on Aug. 3, Thurston County deputies arrested Cook in Rainer, Wash., for the murders. Cook has confessed to reporters that he committed the murders while high on methamphetamine.

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