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John Day man charged with murder

State accuses Elliott of killing Todd Berry.
Rylan Boggs

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on August 25, 2017 10:19AM

Last changed on August 25, 2017 2:22PM

An Oregon State Police forensics vehicle on Dog Creek Road Friday, Aug. 25. An OSP team was brought in to investigate a homicide Thursday evening in the Dog Creek/Marysville area east of John Day.

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An Oregon State Police forensics vehicle on Dog Creek Road Friday, Aug. 25. An OSP team was brought in to investigate a homicide Thursday evening in the Dog Creek/Marysville area east of John Day.

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An Oregon State Police forensics vehicle on Dog Creek Road east of John Day Friday, Aug. 25.

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An Oregon State Police forensics vehicle on Dog Creek Road east of John Day Friday, Aug. 25.

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Contributed photo/Grant County CorrectionsThomas Joseph Elliott

Contributed photo/Grant County CorrectionsThomas Joseph Elliott


A John Day man has been arrested and charged with murder after an incident Thursday evening in the Dog Creek area.

Thomas Joseph Elliott, who was born in 1962 and resides on Marysville Lane east of John Day, was charged with murder, first-degree manslaughter, first-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon today, Aug. 25, in Grant County Circuit Court, according to court documents.

The charging document signed by Grant County Chief Deputy District Attorney Mara Houck accuses Elliott of discharging a firearm and intentionally killing Todd Alan Berry Thursday in Grant County.

Elliott made his first appearance in Grant County Circuit Court in front of Judge William D. Cramer Jr. Friday afternoon. He is being held without bail.

Houck said she believed Elliott and Berry were related through a family member’s marriage. She declined to discuss the details of the case.

Officers were dispatched to the Dog Creek/Marysville area just east of John Day just before 8 p.m., according to dispatch logs.

Oregon State Police and Grant County Sheriff’s Office are leading the investigation, according to John Day Police Chief Richard Gray. He said OSP brought in a team to investigate.

Elliott is next scheduled to appear in court for a status check Sept. 1.





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