Jury returns with guilty verdict in Aloha homicide trial
Roger Gastelum-Medina, 22, of Beaverton was found guilty of murder and other charges related to a shooting in Aloha on June 20, 2016 in court on Tuesday, Sept. 26.
After a five-day trial in front of Washington County Circuit Court Judge Oscar Garcia, a jury found Gastelum-Medina guilty of murder and unlawful use of a weapon. The charges stem from the shooting death of Yusuf Sharif, 21, on the morning of June 20, 2016.
The judge also found Gastelum-Medina guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Gastelum-Medina will be sentenced in Washington County Circuit Court.
On June 21, 2016, at about 8:30 p.m., members of the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force arrested Gastelum-Medina, 21 at the time.
Marshals had been tracking Gastelum-Medina throughout the area since the homicide. They reportedly captured him in Tigard as he walked down the sidewalk on Highway 99W near Southwest 72nd Avenue.
Sheriff's detectives believe Sharif was walking on Southwest Blanton Street in Aloha when Gastelum- Medina stopped in a vehicle to confront him. Investigators said they determined that during the confrontation, Gastelum-Medina shot Sharif with a handgun and ran from the area.
Sheriff's detectives do not believe this incident was racially motivated or a hate crime.
By Mandy Feder-Sawyer
Reporter, Beaverton Valley Times
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