Man Sentence to Death for Coos County Murders Dies in Custody


One of two men sentenced to death for killing two German Hikers in a Coos County Forest over 30 years ago died Monday in the Oregon State Penitentiary. 59-year-old Jeffery Ray Williams died in the infirmary while on end of life care. According to a Department of Corrections Press Release, Williams was in custody since May of 1989. He had been sentenced to death for the Aggravated Murder of two German Tourists. In 1988, the bodies of 24-year-old Unna Tuxen and 22-year-old Kathrin Reith were found in a remote area of Coos County. The women had been shot execution-style with a sawed-off shotgun. Williams and David Lynn Simonsen were both sentenced to death. At this time, both cases were in the federal appeals court process.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 and is filed under Local News.