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By Michele Smith
The Times 

Guilty verdicts reached in the case of the State of Washington vs. Benjamin Orozco


August 29, 2019

Lane Gwinn

In this special issue, Times Reporter Michele Smith provides a day-by-day review of the State vs. Orozco trial, nearly 20 years in the making, that concluded last week. Times Publisher and artist Lane Gwinn drew scenes depicting the events. Hon. Judge Scott Wolfram listens as Columbia County Prosecuting Attorney Dale Slack gives closing arguments at last week's State vs. Orozco trial.

DAYTON-"It's been a long time coming," said Ed Terry last Friday, when a jury returned verdicts of "guilty" to all three charges in the Benjamin Orozco case.

Orozco has been charged with second degree murder of Ed Terry's son, Lance, first degree assault of David Eaton, and unlawful possession of a firearm in a shooting that took place in Columbia County, on July 7, 1996.

Terry's father said every human has his doubts, but he had faith that Orozco would be brought to justice.

Lance Terry's mother, Sue Gallatin, said, "I'm grateful. I'm glad it's over. There was a lot of hard work to make i...

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