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Man held in October death of 'Cougar' Burleigh

Robert Lewis BrowneA 42-year-old man will be arraigned Wednesday, Feb. 4, in connection with the October killing of William “Cougar” Burleigh in Portland’s Old Town.

Robert Lewis Browne was arrested Tuesday near his home in the 4400 block of Southeast 99th Avenue by Portland Police Bureau homicide detectives, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Oregon Fugitive Task Force. He was lodged in the Multnomah County Jail on charges of second-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault.

Burleigh was found at about 3:27 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, across the street from the Portland Rescue Mission on West Burnside Street. He was suffering from a serious head injury and died two days later at a Portland hospital.

Detectives found reluctant witnesses who told police that Burleigh was involved in a confrontation and fell to the ground.