September 17, 2020
PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that 28-year-old Alex Delane Alexander is being charged with causing the death of 60-year-old Lavoy Blackledge.
Alexander is charged with one count of manslaughter in the first degree, one count of manslaughter in the second degree and one count of assault in the second degree.
This investigation started on August 21, 2019 when patrol officers assigned to the Portland Police Bureau located a body on the sidewalk near the intersection of Southwest 21st Avenue and Southwest Barbur Boulevard.
On August 28, 2019, the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office determined Mr. Blackledge died of homicidal violence. The determination came after an autopsy and review of additional facts collected by the Portland Police Bureau’s Homicide Detail during its initial death investigation.
It is alleged that Alexander caused serious physical injury to Mr. Blackledge and that he recklessly, under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, caused the death of Mr. Blackledge.
On August 28, 2020 a Multnomah County grand jury returned an indictment against Alexander. Subsequent to that decision, an arrest warrant was issued.
On September 16, 2020 Alexander turned himself into Portland Police.
Mr. Blackledge’s family has been notified of the developments in this case and they expressed their gratitude to the Portland Police Bureau.
No additional information can be released by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office at this time.
A charging document is only an accusation of a crime. Alexander is innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Brent Weisberg, Communications Director
Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office