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Man charged with flagger death has court date

Leman Bledsoe

PENDLETON, Oregon – Leman Louis Bledsoe, 77, of Milton-Freewater has a status check on the case against him in court today. He is charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of a flagger on Oregon Highway 11 in August 2018.

“I believe that the parties are in the process of trying to get through the discovery, see if there’s any potential for a resolution and/or negotiation, and, if so, we would put that in front of the court,” Umatilla County District Attorney Dan Primus said.

The case has been on hold pending a psychological examination of Bledsoe, which has been completed. At the time of the interview, late last week, Primus was not sure if a settlement agreement could be reached in time for the appearance today.

“If not, I imagine at the next court appearance that we will have further dates set in regards to trial and moving forward in that case,” Primus said.

In addition to first-degree manslaughter, Bledsoe is also charged with felony hit and run and driving under the influence of alcohol. He was driving through a construction zone and allegedly sideswiped a stopped vehicle. Tyresa Monaghan, 49, of Kennewick was struck and died at the scene. Bledsoe then drove for about a mile, endangering other workers according to the Oregon State Police.

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