Indictment: Defendant was compensated for killing man in 1987

2013-10-03T07:30:00Z 2013-10-04T00:34:07Z Indictment: Defendant was compensated for killing man in 1987By Kyle Odegard, Albany Democrat-Herald Albany Democrat Herald
October 03, 2013 7:30 am  • 

An indictment filed in court this week charges that the defendant in a 1987 murder was compensated for killing a man in Linn County.

Dennis Beach was arrested in Nevada on Monday and faces charges of aggravated murder and murder. This was the second cold case murder arrest for Linn County Sheriff’s Office in 2013.

Beach “did unlawfully and intentionally, pursuant to an agreement that the defendant receive money or other thing of value for doing so, cause the death of Thomas Hyland, another human being,” the indictment states.

The body of Hyland, who was 35 when he disappeared, was found by mushroom pickers in the area of the Upper Calapooia River in 1989, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives determined that Hyland was killed by homicidal violence that involved the use of a firearm.

Linn County District Attorney Doug Marteeny was not able to be contacted on deadline Wednesday night.

Kyle Odegard covers public safety for the D-H. He can be contacted at 541-812-6077 or

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    Jaime - October 15, 2013 10:45 pm
    Dennis Beach worked for me in Bagdad , AZ . I got to know Dennis quite well on many levels .I got to work with a man that loved his son ! I knew of a man that had spent time in prison that in my eyes was an unjust prison sentence , all people have justified reasons for there actions an at times street justice is the best result ! All of you reading this may not agree with what I have just said ! Put yourself in harms way an think how you would act , not speaking of my friends current charges by any means at all . I do not have any knowledge of Dennis's current charges , however I do not see them valid . I am not sticking up for him , rather I would like to see true proof of this charge . It is only my thoughts of a man an friend I once knew that I don't believe what he is charged with is accurate , I knew of a man that worked hard an spent his days after his father had past on to start a business in Wickenburg,AZ to carry on his fathers legacy as a machinist an engine builder . All I can say here is that I don't think that Dennis is capable of what he is charged with !
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