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Crowbar attack leads to attempted murder charges

1-29-2010 Oregon:

A Shady Cove man has been charged with attempted murder after he allegedly beat an acquaintance in the head with a crowbar Monday evening.

On Thursday afternoon, a Jackson County grand jury indicted Julian Martin Tallman, 43, of the 400 block of Sarma Drive in Shady Cove, on charges of attempted murder, second-degree assault, first-degree burglary and menacing.

He remained in the Jackson County Jail, where he was lodged after Monday's attack. Bail is set at $250,000, Jackson County Circuit Court records show.

The assault was reported shortly after 5 p.m. Monday when the 54-year-old Trail man who was beaten ran out of a Trail home calling for help, said Jackson County Sheriff's Department Lt. Rich Fogarty.

Deputies and Shady Cove police responded to a home in the 23600 block of Highway 62 in Trail and found the victim with numerous cuts and bruises on his head and legs, as well as injuries to his hands and arms from trying to protect himself, Fogarty said.

The man told investigators that he was visiting the Trail home after he and a group of friends had been evicted from another residence in Trail. Tallman had been helping the friends remove things from the home.

The victim didn't want anyone else to touch his possessions, and apparently the two men had clashed earlier in the day, Fogarty said.

Investigators said the two possibly had other disagreements in the past, too.

The victim said he was sitting in a recliner when Tallman burst into the home. Tallman, who was carrying a crowbar, declared that he was going to kill the man.

He hit the victim, who was still sitting in the chair, in the head multiple times, Fogarty said.

The victim, who told police he never even got out of the recliner, grabbed the swinging crowbar. Then Tallman punched him in the head, the victim recounted.

The victim told police that he thought he was hit 30 or 40 times before he realized that each move brought a fresh onslaught of blows. He finally "played dead" to stop the attack, police reported from his statements.

Tallman left the house. Then the victim ran out in search of help, prompting the call to authorities.

The victim was taken to Rogue Valley Medical Center, where he was treated and released, hospital officials said. He is now staying with friends, investigators said.

Officers found Tallman at his Sarma Drive home and arrested him Monday night on charges of first- and second-degree assault, menacing and two counts of first-degree burglary.

Tallman has been convicted of assault, burglary and criminal mischief in the past and the court has ordered drug and alcohol treatment. His criminal record in Jackson County dates back to at least 1988.

The victim, a registered sex offender, also has a lengthy list of criminal, civil and small claims cases in court records. ..Source.. by Anita Burke

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