NEWPORT — A grand jury has indicted 52-year-old Jack Edward Sigler, of Waldport, on a charge of second-degree murder, among other charges, stemming from the killing of Waldport City Councilor Mark Campbell. The indictment was handed down on Thursday. Sigler was already in custody at the Lincoln County Jail.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office arrested Sigler on Dec. 9 at his Waldport residence in the 1000 block of South Crestline Drive, three days following Campbell’s murder. Sigler has been in jail ever since, held on $450,000 bond. He was initially arraigned on Dec. 21 in Lincoln County Circuit Court in Newport on three counts of first-degree burglary and a single charge of first-degree theft.
During Thursday’s grand jury proceedings, Sigler was indicted on four counts of first-degree burglary and an additional charge of first-degree theft, as well as his murder charge. He’s scheduled for an arraignment hearing at 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19, in Lincoln County Circuit Court.
“I presented the evidence to the grand jury, and they chose to indict Jack Sigler based on that evidence and the standard set forth in ORS 132.390,” Lincoln County District Attorney Lanee Danforth wrote in an email to the News-Times. “My deepest condolences go out to Mark Campbell’s family, friends and everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.”
Authorities responded to a report of a burglary in progress around 3:40 a.m. on Dec. 6 in the 1600 block of South Crestline Drive — a mere six blocks from Sigler’s residence. Upon the arrival of sheriff’s office deputies at the scene, authorities pronounced the 66-year-old Campbell dead.
According to sheriff’s office reports attached to Sigler’s initial arraignment, Campbell, who lived a few doors down from the crime scene, may have entered the residence to attempt to thwart a burglary attempt. A Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office news release issued Thursday afternoon stated the cause of Campbell’s death as “severe trauma received from multiple stab wounds.”
During the investigation into Campbell’s murder, the Lincoln County Major Crime Team reportedly interviewed multiple witnesses and gathered extensive physical evidence that was sent to the Oregon State Police Crime Lab for forensic analysis. The sheriff’s office was assisted in the investigation by the OSP Criminal Investigation and Forensic units, the Newport Police Department, the Lincoln City Police Department and the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office.
“Sheriff Curtis Landers would like to personally thank all the agencies involved in the investigation leading to the indictment in the tragic death of Mark Campbell,” Thursday’s news release reads. “Sheriff Landers expresses his sincere condolences to all those affected by this tragedy in our community.”
Campbell was a 14-year city councilor in Waldport, a well-respected community leader and part owner of Crestview Golf Club. During a recent special session of the Waldport City Council, councilors voted name the future home of Waldport City Hall the Mark C. Campbell Building.
“I want to thank the residents of Waldport for their patience while a thorough investigation was conducted,” Danforth wrote to the News-Times. “And I hope they find comfort in the fact that Mr. Sigler has been indicted.”
Sigler faces life in prison if convicted of the murder charge.