Webb case will likely be resolved with plea bargain
A case pertaining to the violent chain of events that occured in Estacada and Colton last May will likely be resolved in court with a plea bargain, rather than a trial, an official with the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office said.
Joshua Webb is accused of killing his mother Tina Webb and stabbing Estacada Harvest Market employee Mike Wagner while carrying his mother's severed head into the store last May.
Webb faces charges of murder, attempted murder, first-degree assault, first-degree abuse of a corpse and first-degree aggravated animal abuse.
After a status hearing for the case on Friday, June 1, Clackamas County Senior Deputy District Attorney John Wentworth said the case would likely be resolved via a plea. He declined to further comment on the meeting, but noted that the plea would likely be further discussed on Tuesday, June 26, which is the day Webb's trial was scheduled to begin.
Webb's attorney, Maryann Meaney, had not responded to calls about the hearing prior to the Estacada News' Tuesday press time.
In February, Meaney filed documents with the court indicating Webb would plead guilty but insane.
"(The) defendant will be relying on the defense of guilty except for insanity in that as a result of mental disease or defect at the time of engaging in criminal conduct," she wrote in a court document. "(The) defendant lacked the substantial capacity either to appreciate the criminality of his conduct or to confirm his conduct to the requirements of law."
Last May, in the Colton home he shared with his parents, Webb allegedly killed his mother, Tina Webb. He is accused of then dismembering her body by cutting off her head. A short time later, he allegedly entered Harvest Market in Estacada, "covered in blood," holding "a knife and what looked like a human head," according to police reports.
Inside the store, he is said to have stabbed Wagner and was restrained by employees until law enforcement reached the scene.
Wagner was released from Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in North Portland a week after the incident. In an interview shortly after that, he told the Estacada News that he was "looking forward to finishing up the healing process."
Webb faces charges of attempted murder and assault for the incident at Harvest Market.
Responders also found a dead dog at the Webb residence in Colton, for which Webb is also being charged.
Wentworth declined to discuss the specifics of sentencing Webb would face in the plea.