The police investigation into a December brawl in downtown Corvallis that hospitalized a known neo-Nazi is still continuing, prosecutors said Thursday.
Yamhill County District Attorney Brad Berry, who is handling the case following the Benton County District Attorney’s Office’s recusal because of a potential conflict of interest, said he's still waiting on written police reports, security video from nearby businesses and other records before making decisions about how to move forward.
Following the brawl, Corvallis Police Department officers arrested Bart Bolger, 64, a longtime Veterans for Peace activist who lives in Corvallis; Albert Grigorov, 22; Noah Julian Orduna, 23; and Conor Brian Butler, 19. The latter three reportedly identify as transgender women and have female-chosen first names.
James Marr, whom the Southern Poverty Law Center calls a “fixture of the white supremacist movement in Oregon,” was hospitalized after the brawl with a medical emergency.
Cameron Green, a lawyer who said he has been representing Bolger, Grigorov, Orduna and Butler, said Thursday was the scheduled first appearance for his clients, but the prosecutor did not file any charges and no hearing was held.
Green previously has told the Gazette-Times his clients were not the aggressors in the fight.
“While it is always possible for charges to be filed later, the DA typically presents the charges at the arraignment. As the DA's office wisely chose not to file charges in this matter at this time, there was nothing on the docket,” he said.
However, Berry said charges could still be brought against the four or other individuals involved in the fight in the future.
Berry was unsure exactly when the investigation will be complete, saying one of the delays has been in getting complete security footage from nearby businesses.