Coos County murder case set to go to trial

COQUILLE, Ore. -- A Coos County man accused of murdering another man in front of his home last fall is now headed for trial.

Andrew Davenport, 45, is accused of beating Randall Harless to death during an argument last August in his Empire area home.

Davenport and his attorney, who appeared in court through a phone call, say they are ready for trial.

Harless's family has attended all of Davenport's pre-trial hearings, and the district attorney says they were hoping for a plea deal instead of a trial. Paul Fraiser, the Coos County DA, told KCBY News the family was expecting the outcome. "I'm sure they would like to see Mr. Davenport accept responsibility here, but on the other hand, they've known from early on, or they've pretty much accepted from day one, that this case was probably headed for trial."

Fraiser would not release information about what kind of arguments he will be making against Davenport, but he does say he will not pursue the death penalty.

The trial is set to begin August 6, and could last for an entire week.