Gathering will carry on murdered music student's dreams
OREGON CITY, Ore. - A federal judge on Wednesday delayed the conspiracy trial for two convicted murderers two years ago.
One of their victims was a local man, Cody Myers. He was murdered on the Oregon Coast in 2011, targeted during a West Coast killing spree by David "Joey" Pedersen and Holly Grigsby. The pair has already pleaded guilty in the murder of Pedersen's parents.
The judge pushed back their trial until next summer on federal conspiracy charges, which could carry the death penalty.
Meanwhile, friends and strangers will soon gather for the third year in a row in Myers' memory.
Darlene Liedtke is behind that effort.
People will gather at the Trail's End Saloon in downtown Oregon City on Oct. 20 to keep a commitment to Myers' memory.
Liedtke works at Trail's End and helping organize the event is special to her.
"My son went to Clackamas Community College with Cody in the music program," she says.
Liedtke doesn't have much to say about the fate of Pedersen and Grigsby.
"I really don't want to give any glory to the people who did it," she says. "So many times everybody remembers the 'Son of Sam' or remembers the names of the murderers, you know? And we want to make sure Cody's name is remembered."
And things like getting a youngster a guitar through the Cody Myers Music Outreach Foundation are more important, she says. Myers always hoped to establish a charity foundation and music was a big part of his life.
In two and a half weeks, musicians will play at Trail's End almost all Sunday long for the third year in a row, raising more money so more kids can play music in Myers' honor.
"I think it's a great thing," says Liedtke. "I think Cody would be very pleased, you know, what little we can do to take over what he can't do."
Myers' mother, Susan, said she went to Wednesday's federal court hearing even though it was difficult. She's glad the annual event in her son's memory keeps growing and is helping spread music to young kids.