Officials: Ore. man says victim begged to be shot

October 5, 2011 - 9:55 AM

MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say an Oregon man accused of killing another man whose body was found on a logging road has told detectives the victim had terminal cancer and begged to be shot.

The Roseburg News-Review reports (http://bit.ly/optd1y) that Charles Henry Teal was arraigned Tuesday on a murder count in the death of 39-year-old Jeffrey Bension.

A sheriff's report filed in court in Douglas County says the 26-year-old Teal told detectives he shot Bension in the head in a mercy killing. Bension reportedly had recently moved into the Myrtle Creek home Teal shares with several other people.

Bension's body was found by a hunter early Monday about 10 miles northeast of Myrtle Creek, in southern Oregon.

The newspaper reports that court documents don't address whether Bension really had cancer.