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Manslaughter charge filed in woman's death.

Byline: Jack Moran The Register-Guard

Prosecutors say they now have evidence that shows a 92-year-old Eugene woman died in December from injuries she suffered eight days earlier at the hands of her former son-in-law.

William Fred Brockamp, was arraigned Friday in Lane County Circuit Court on a count of first-degree manslaughter. Under state Measure 11, anyone convicted of that charge faces a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years.

Brockamp, 50, has been in the Lane County Jail since Dec. 23. Eugene police arrested him hours after he allegedly injured Viola Kelly, 92, at a home on Elmira Road in west Eugene. Brockamp lived at the house with Kelly and her daughter, who is his ex-wife.

Lane County prosecutors initially charged Brockamp with third-degree assault and criminal mistreatment. He pleaded not guilty to those charges on Dec. 31, the same day Kelly died at a local hospital.

After reviewing additional evidence, prosecutors decided this week to file the manslaughter charge, which formally accuses Brockamp of being responsible for Kelly's death.

The victim's daughter, Carol Kelly, said Friday that she thinks that Brockamp "is going to get what he deserves." She did not elaborate.

According to a detective's sworn affidavit filed in court in support of a search warrant, Carol Kelly told police that she arrived home from work on Dec. 23 and found her mother sitting in bed with a bloodied face and a bruised arm.

Kelly called 911 as she drove her mother to McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center in Springfield, the affidavit states.

Police interviewed Brockamp a short time later. He told a detective that he "defended himself by pushing" Viola Kelly away from him after she "attacked him" during an argument, according to the affidavit.

Brockamp said the push caused Kelly to fall face-first onto the floor, the affidavit states.

Carol Kelly said in an interview with The Register-Guard that several dozen people went to the hospital to see her mother in the days before her death. More than 200 people attended a memorial service for her in January, Carol Kelly said.

Before the alleged assault, Viola Kelly walked up to one mile every day - a habit that she'd begun a decade ago after suffering pain from a blood clot behind her right knee, her daughter said.

"She'd stop and talk to everyone she saw," Carol Kelly said of her mother, who regularly attended church.

Brockamp and his ex-wife divorced in 1997, but they had continued living together afterward.

Four days after Brockamp's arrest, Carol Kelly obtained a restraining order against him that alleges he had abused her. She did not accuse him in the court filing of victimizing her mother.

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Title Annotation:Courts; William Fred Brockamp is accused of causing injuries that killed Viola Kelly
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Mar 1, 2014
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