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Accused killer faces additional charges in Tigard man's death

New charges have been filed against a California man accused in bludgeoning a 77-year-old Tigard man to death.

On Friday, Xavier Catelen Wolfgang, 40, was indicted by a grand jury on charges of murder, first-degree assault, as well as second-degree abuse of a corpse and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Wolfgang, who appeared in the Yamhill County Circuit Court by video feed, reportedly confessed to investigators that he had beaten Walter Adelman with a piece of wood after the two got into an argument.

Adelman was found dead in an outbuilding of a home he owned in Sheridan, outside of McMinnville, on April 18.

Yamhill County sheriff's deputies first began to investigate the case as a welfare check, after Adelman's daughter said her father had gone to do some remodeling work on the house and had not been heard from for several days.

Deputies found Wolfgang on the property, who said he had not seen Adelman for some time, although his car was found at the home.

When deputies returned later that evening, they began to search the property and found Adelman's body in a barn.

Adelman had purchased the property about five miles outside of Sheridan's city limits in 2011. He had placed an ad on Craigslist for a caretaker, hiring Wolfgang.

According to a statement Wolfgang made to police, he claimed Adelman had awakened him on April 17, and the two began to argue about the work Wolfgang was doing on the property.

Angered, Wolfgang followed Adelman into the property's main house and reportedly struck Adelman with a piece of wood three times.

Wolfgang believed he had killed Adelman and left the house, according to the statement. Returning some time later, Wolfgang reportedly began clubbing the victim again after realizing Adelman was still alive.

Wolfgang allegedly threw the murder weapon and items Adelman had on him into a nearby creek, and then moved Adelman's body from the house to the barn.

Wolfgang is also wanted in California on a 2010 warrant following a probation violation. Wolfgang failed to show up in court for a 1996 conviction for forgery and grand theft.

Wolfgang's next court date is Monday, May 14.



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