HOENSHELL CHARGED WITH MURDER, CAR THEFT

January 07, 2002 11:00 pm

GOLD BEACH Gregory Arthur Hoenshell, 23, appeared in Curry County Circuit Court Monday to face 10 counts handed down by the grand jury in connection with the alleged murder of his grandparents in Brookings.

Curry County District Attorney Charles Steak told the court the grand jury indicted Hoenshell on two counts of aggravated murder, which is punishable by death, life imprisonment without parole or life imprisonment with a 30-year minimum.

In addition, the grand jury charged Hoenshell with three counts of felon in possession of a firearm, three counts first-degree theft, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and third-degree theft, all class C felonies.

All charges stemmed from the April 9 shooting deaths of Dorothy and Edward Hoenshell in their Fourth Street home.

He is alleged to have been in possession of three stolen firearms and is charged with theft of his grandparents automobile.

The car was found in Crescent City and Hoenshell was apprehended in Crescent City, however he was not in possession of the vehicle at the time of his arrest.

He was extradited and transported from California Jan. 4 after completing a sentence in San Quentin Prison on unrelated charges.

Steak requested a July trial date.

Hoenshell requested a court-appointed attorney and is scheduled to return to court Feb. 26 for a status conference.

The state court administrator has a list of attorneys who are qualified and willing to accept capital cases, Steak said following the court appearance. An attorney will be chosen from that list within the next few days, he added.

Hoenshell remains in custody without bail.