Vale — The jury selection for Erlene Reger, 50, Ontario, and Todd Mulvaine, 42, Ontario, concluded yesterday, and the trial moved forward in the attempted murder case of Ramon Fry, who was shot twice on Feb. 29.
Reger’s lawyer, Robert Moon, said that “(Reger) was kept completely in the dark” and knew nothing about the plan to kill Fry. Mulvaine’s attorney, Janie Burcart, said Mulvaine had never even entered the garage where Fry was shot or even entered the house.
The first witness called to the stand was Fry who discussed in great detail both the events that led to the shooting as well as the incident itself.
When speaking of what the Regers were like during the time he lived with them, Fry said “they were extremely controlling. I couldn’t even hold my son without permission.”
A recorded statement from Fry, taken by Oregon State Police Trooper Lt. Mark Duncan the day he was shot, was played multiple times for the jurors.
Fry stated he was dropping his son off after a court-mandated visitation and was asked by Reger’s husband, Lester Reger, 61, if he could take their grandson through the garage and up to the door inside the house. After knocking on the door and handing his son over to Erlene Reger, Lester Reger asked if Fry could help pick equipment up off the floor.
As he bent over to pick some tools on the floor, Fry noticed plastic on the floor and said that he felt things weren’t right and was about to leave when he felt something on the back of his head.
“I just heard this really loud boom,” Fry said in the recording.
He turned around and managed to knock Lester Reger to the floor and noticed he had a gun, Fry said. He turned to run from the garage and was shot a second time in the lower back to the left of his spine.
Fry than proceeded down a hill and managed to flag down a truck that picked him up and transported him to Duncan, who was on his way home from a work-related trip.
When asked by Duncan if anything else stood out, Fry said that things at the Reger house for the last few days were “suspiciously calm.”
After fielding several questions, Fry stepped down from the stand, and Duncan was the next witness called.
Duncan explained how Fry contacted him and how frantic he was at the time he was shot.
“He kept repeating that ‘I’m gonna die, I’m gonna die,’ and said to take his statement before he did,” Duncan said.
Duncan said he made a rapid transport decision and took Fry to Saint Alphonsus himself.
The trial for Erlene Reger and Mulvaine is expected to last for two weeks. The Argus will continue to follow up on this story.