Suspect in killing arraigned

Jerry Ray Milligan, 64, who is accused of killing his son, Jerry Tyler Milligan, 41, was arraigned last week on charges of murder and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon; and he is being held without bail.

He was scheduled for another arraignment Monday following grand jury.

Last week, an autopsy confirmed that the cause of death was a gunshot wound by a .22-caliber pistol that appears to have been fired once, said Sweet Home Det. Cyndi Pichardo.

Alcohol was a factor in the incident, Pichardo said, but the cause of the struggle between the two men remains unknown.

Police are awaiting a toxicology report, she said.

“There was evidence of drug use (marijuana) found at the scene,” said Police Chief Bob Burford. That’s part of the reason police are running a toxicology screen.

Sweet Home police arrested the elder Milligan on Feb. 19 after a neighbor reported that he had come to her house and asked her to call the police because he had just shot someone.

The two men had been involved in a struggle prior to the shooting.