Third person being charged with Gervais man's murder
A third person is being charged with the murder of Gervais resident Kenny Kalugin, whose body was found in a car in a Salem alley in November 2017.
Zachary Urton, 36, of Dundee, was named as a person of interest back in November, when he was arrested following a high speed car chase in Clackamas County.
Urton was secretly indicted in November on one count of aggravated murder and one count of felon in possession of a firearm. He is scheduled to be arraigned March 13.
On Feb. 22, he was sentenced in Clackamas County to 25 months in prison on charges of attempting to elude a police officer and felon in possession of a firearm, both from the Nov. 21 car chase incident.
At the time of his Nov. 21 arrest, a warrant had already been issued for multiple charges, including meth and heroin possession, as well as delivery of drugs within 1,000 feet of a school.
According to the secret indictment, Urton was allegedly attempting to commit first-degree robbery on Nov. 10 when, meeting resistance, he allegedly used physical force against Kalugin.
Salem Police discovered the body of Kenny Kalugin, 37, of Gervais, early Nov. 10 in a vehicle located on an alley in the 1800 block of Liberty Street Northeast. An autopsy revealed that Kalugin's death was a result of gunshot wounds. Jose Ricardo Barboza-Manzo, 21, of Salem, was arrested three days later in Tillamook County on charges of murder and first-degree robbery. Vanessa Garcia- Beiza, 24, of Cloverdale, was booked into Marion County Jail Nov. 14 on the same charges. Urton's arrest Nov. 21 was followed by his Nov. 27 secret indictment.
Following Urton's Tuesday arraignment, the next scheduled status hearings in the case are March 19 and April 9.