Robert Duane McGown charged with second degree murder


August 18, 2020

(PORTLAND, Ore.) – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that 65-year-old Robert Duane McGown is being charged with one count of murder in the second degree and one count of unlawful use of a weapon.

The Portland Police Bureau continues to investigate this homicide.

Although the name of the victim may be known to media, the district attorney’s office is requesting that they refrain from publishing or broadcasting it until family notifications can be made. When the victim’s family is notified, an update will be provided by either this office or the Portland Police Bureau.

This investigation started on August 16, 2020 when law enforcement received a request to conduct a welfare check at a residence in the 1100 Block of Southwest Stephenson Court. Upon arrival, law enforcement located a person unresponsive. It was determined the victim died on scene.

On August 18, 2020, the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy and determined the victim died of homicidal violence.

It is alleged that McGown used a dangerous weapon to intentionally cause the death of the victim.

The probable cause affidavit in this case remains sealed pursuant to a judge’s ruling.

No additional information can be released by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call PPB Detective Scott Broughton at 503-823-3774 or PPB Detective Jennifer Hertzler at 503-823-1040.



Media Contact: Brent Weisberg,

Communications Director

Phone: 503.988.6567