Suspect in pregnant woman's murder investigation found unfit to stand trial

Demetrius Brown mug shot courtesy Multnomah County Jail

PORTLAND, Ore. – Demetrius Brown, one of the men accused of shooting and killing a pregnant woman in 2014, was recently found unfit to stand trial.

Another suspect, Geontae Jones, pleaded guilty to murder in November, but isn’t scheduled for sentencing until September 2020.

On August 19, 2016, Demetrius Brown, Jones, and Kelani Brown were charged in the death of Ervaeua Herring.

DeAnthony Simmons was also indicted on a murder charge related to the case on May 3, 2016.

Herring was shot and killed in her apartment on Southeast Powell Boulevard in the early morning hours of August 17, 2014. She was 21 and pregnant at the time of her death.

Investigators say the suspects fired more than two dozen bullets from six different guns.

Neighbors told KATU that several men with guns started shooting through the walls of the apartment #7 at the Eastwood Village Apartments.

Herring was sleeping inside the apartment. Her 1-year-old son wasn't home at the time of the shooting.

The shooters broke into another apartment before opening fire in what was described by police as a gang-related killing. Investigators said they believe the suspects were looking for Herring's boyfriend.

During her autopsy, the Oregon State Medical Examiner found that Herring was in the early stages of pregnancy.

Demetrius Brown will be sent to the Oregon state Hospital for up to 30 days before he's re-evaluated.

Kelani Brown is scheduled for trial on January 16, 2018. There are no future court appearances scheduled for Simmons at this time.

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