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Death comes to Mountain Park

One man dies and his neighbor is arrested after a hot tub fight
by: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Michael David Hessemer

The Lake Oswego man accused in the drowning death of Frederick Stephens III will be arraigned Monday in Clackamas County Circuit Court.

Michael David Hessemer, 23, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter. That charge may change after a grand jury meets this week, according to Clackamas County Chief Deputy District Attorney Greg Horner.

An alleged fight between the two men in a hot tub at Mountain Park left Stephens dead early Sunday morning. The fight occurred in the hot tub/pool area of an apartment complex at One Jefferson Parkway.

The two were alone when the fight broke out, according to Capt. Don Forman of the Lake Oswego Police Department. He said earlier in the night, the men were with a group of friends.

The Clackamas County Coroner's Office determined Monday afternoon that Stephens, 25, had drowned. Police were called to the rec center on a medical call, Forman said. Stephens was dead when police arrived.

Both Hessemer and Stephens were residents of an apartment complex at One Jefferson Parkway. Hessemer and Stephens lived in separate units in the apartment complex, police said.

Police took Hessemer into custody on Sunday and he was lodged in the Clackamas County Jail.

Stephens grew up in Puyallup, Wash., and received undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Washington. He received his master's last year.

Joel Gross, who was a friend of Stephens at UW, described Stephens as 'a nice, laid back guy.'

'I've never seen him violent,' he said.

Gross said he and Stephens were in the same fraternity.

'He was one of the most sociable people that I know and was friends with literally hundreds of others in the UW community alone,' Gross said.

Forman said police had received calls from Mountain Park residents, asking whether police were sure they found the alleged killer.

'There's nobody else involved in the crime that we know of,' said Forman. 'It was just an altercation between two people.'

Manslaughter in the second degree is a Class B felony and has a maximum penalty of 10 years incarceration and a $250,000 fine.