Man accused of a deadly Centennial stabbing arrested

See who detectives believe committed this outer East Portland homicide …

Police close off SE Powell Boulevard as a murder investigation gets underway.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

One person was found dead after a disturbance in the Centennial neighborhood around noon, on a day earlier in December. Although Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Homicide Division detectives booked a suspect into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) the following day, they didn’t release the information about the crime until Christmas Eve.

PPB East Precinct officers were dispatched on December 9 at 11:34 a.m., on a “Disturbance-with Weapon” call, out near the edge of Gresham – along SE Powell Boulevard at 171st Avenue.

PPB Homicide Division detectives join officers as the homicide investigation continues.

“When officers arrived, they found an injured victim with possible stabbing injuries –however, the paramedics who also responded pronounced the victim deceased at the scene,” a PPB spokesperson reported.
On December 24, the police officials revealed that the victim in this homicide had been identified as 24-year-old Jamiah Oscartheron Shirley. The Medical Examiner determined Shirley’s manner and cause of death to be “homicide by stabbing”.

Sorry, you’re not permitted to see the booking photo of this homicide suspect: 36-year-old Andrew Martin Morrow. CLICK HERE to learn why you’re not allowed to see his image.

It was also then revealed that PPB Homicide Division detectives had booked 36-year-old Andrew Martin Morrow, of Portland, into the MCDC on December 10 at 1:06 a.m., on a charge of Murder in the Second Degree, a Class A Felony.

At his arraignment, Morrow also learned that he was facing an additional charge of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, a Class C Felony; court documents revealed that Shirley and Morrow had been roommates.

Currently, Morrow is being held, without bail, at Inverness Jail.

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