Portland, Ore. –  Jesse Lee Calhoun has been charged in the killing of three women who were found dead under suspicious circumstances last year.

A Multnomah County grand jury indicted Calhoun, 39, on three counts each of second-degree murder and abuse of a corpse, prosecutors announced Friday.

Calhoun’s alleged victims are identified as Charity Lynn Perry, 24, Bridget Leanne Webster, 31, and 32-year-old JoAnna Speaks.

Media outlets including The Oregonian/OregonLive first identified Calhoun as a person of interest in the deaths last July, after the women’s bodies turned in remote areas within a three-month time span. Law enforcement agencies initially denied any connection, but sources told The Oregonian/OregonLive that Speaks, Perry and Webster all frequented the area of Southeast 82nd Avenue and Clackamas Town Center.

Calhoun was set to be released next month from the Snake River Correctional Institute next month, where he was serving the second-half of a four-year-long sentence in a burglary and car theft case dating back to 2019. His punishment was cut short in 2021, when then Gov. Kate Brown commuted his and 40 other prisoners’ sentences as thanks for serving as volunteer firefighters.

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