Bizarre killing involves daughter, mother, husband, ex and cancer
Murder suspect Timothy Henson’s lower lip quivered, his eyes slowly filling with tears, as he listened to the charges filed against him Tuesday.
Henson, whose bail was set at $6 million, turned and looked at his wife while Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier read the five Ballot Measure 11 offenses with which his office is charging Henson for his alleged role in a double-fatality shooting Sunday near Bandon.
“Just telling my wife I lover her,” Henson told Coos County Circuit Court Judge Michael Gillespie after Gillespie ordered him to pay attention.
Before he was arraigned, Henson, shackled from the legs up in a blue jump suit, looked at his wife and assured her he still loved her.
“I loved you more than anything,” he said in court. “But at least it’s done.”
Wife, 2 men shot
Frasier alleges Henson shot his wife, Vallena R. Tuell, in the forearm during an altercation where he also shot George Micheaux III and Milton C. Leach. Micheaux and Leach both died as a result of the shooting, although it is unclear how many times each man was shot.
Autopsies on both men are scheduled for Thursday.
Frasier said Micheaux, who was married to Tuell’s mother Ruth S. Micheaux; Leach, who was Ruth Micheaux’s ex-husband; Henson; and Tuell all traveled to the coast from Myrtle Creek to enjoy the weekend after they learned Leach had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.
The five lived together, along with small children, on a property in Myrtle Creek.
Frasier said the Micheauxs lived in a trailer on the property; Tuell and Henson lived in a house; Leach lived in a room in the garage.
Frasier described the weekend as a “family get together” before Leach would become too ill to travel. All five stayed at a Bandon motel on Saturday night, Frasier said, and traveled to several beaches Sunday before deciding to head home.
Frasier would not comment on what sparked the altercation that left Micheaux and Leach dead, but he did say shots were fired inside and outside the car.
Multiple guns were found in the car and at Bob Belloni Ranch — a residential treatment facility for juveniles a few miles north of the shooting site — where Henson was apprehended, Frasier said.
Frasier declined to comment on the type or number of guns that were found.
“Who got hit, when and where, we are still working on,” he said.