NEWPORT — The addition late last week of two more court-appointed defense attorneys for Jack Edward Sigler forced a continuation of a scheduled arraignment hearing for the man accused in the murder of Waldport City Councilor Mark Campbell. The hearing had been set for Tuesday afternoon in Lincoln County Circuit Court.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office personnel arrested Sigler on Dec. 9 at his Waldport residence, six blocks from where Campbell was killed. Campbell had reportedly been attempting to fend off an intruder in the early morning hours of Dec. 6 at a neighboring South Crestline Drive residence. Authorities initially arraigned the 52-year-old Sigler on Dec. 21 on three counts of first-degree burglary and a single charge of first-degree theft.
On Thursday, Jan. 14, a grand jury indicted Sigler on superseding charges of second-degree murder, four counts of first-degree burglary and a single charge of first-degree theft.
In addition to defense attorney Kristina Kayl, attorneys Steve Lindsay and Mark Sabitt were added last week to defend Sigler, who joined Tuesday’s hearing via video conference. Though Kayl was present in court Tuesday, Lindsey and Sabitt joined the hearing by phone.
Lindsay posed a request to presiding Circuit Court Judge Sheryl Bachart, wishing to continue the hearing to give the defense team additional time to discuss the case with Sigler.
“I was hoping to request to set this arraignment over to Thursday,” Lindsay told the court. “Mr. Sabitt and I were able to make arrangements (to be present), and we’re requesting all the authorizations to be there Thursday. Would it be possible to put this on the morning docket?”
Bachart asked that Lindsey explain why the defense needed additional time prior to Sigler’s arraignment hearing, as the court is scheduled to host two jury trials Thursday.
“Your honor, I was contacted late in the week last week about my availability for the superseding charges — counts one and two on this indictment,” Lindsey said. “I have to have some discussions with Mr. Sabitt’s office, and talk to the people at OPDS (Office of Public Defense Services) or exchange communications with them.
“Moreover, making the arrangements to be present today … I know your staff accommodated us on the telephone, but we just think it would be best practice for Mr. Sigler’s record if we were there present with him, introduce ourselves to this man, this client, because the charges are so serious.”
Lindsey concluded by saying that he and Sabitt had yet to discuss matters face-to-face with Sigler.
Bachart scheduled the continuation of Sigler’s arraignment hearing for 8:30 a.m. Thursday in courtroom 300.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office’s hunt for Campbell’s killer appeared to focus on Sigler from the start. Detectives learned in the days following Campbell’s death that Sigler had broken into and stolen items on three occasions from the residence of a man who died in late November.
At about 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 6, Campbell, investigating suspicious noises heard at the nearby residence, engaged in a struggle with an intruder and was stabbed multiple times. Authorities pronounced Campbell dead at the scene upon their arrival.
Sheriff’s office reports state that Sigler initially admitted to detectives that he’d stolen items from the scene prior to Dec. 6, but was not there the morning of Campbell’s killing.
Following the processing of DNA evidence collected from the murder scene, the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office moved to pursue the murder charge and add a fourth second-degree burglary count to Sigler’s list of charges. That fourth second-degree burglary charge stems from accusations that Sigler stole items from the residence in question on Dec. 6, the day of the homicide.
Late last week, Lincoln County District Attorney Lanee Danforth wrote in an email to the New-Times that she could not comment on what in particular led her office to move forward with seeking Sigler’s charge of second-degree homicide.
If convicted of second-degree murder, Sigler faces life imprisonment.