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Eugene Police Violent Crimes detectives continued detailed and thorough work on the case of two elderly person’s deaths by their grandson. Nicholas Kenneth Borden-Cortez was arrested and VCU’s primary detective submitted the case to the Lane County District’s Attorney.  On June 14, the investigation reached a conclusion when Borden Cortez pled guilty in Lane County Circuit Court to the murder of his grandparents. He was sentenced on July 13 to two life terms, one for each victim. He could be eligible for parole after a minimum sentence of 50 years in Oregon Department of Corrections.

 Previous Information:


At 10:25 a.m., on May 7, 2021, Eugene Police responded to a suspicious conditions call at a home in the Falconwood Mobile Home Park at 1475 Green Acres Road. Eugene Police Violent Crimes Unit was called in and conducted a death investigation into the deaths of:

  • Nancy L. Loucks-Morris, age 85, grandmother of suspect
  • Gerald Edward Morris, age 87, step-grandfather of suspect

A suspect, Nicholas Kenneth Borden-Cortez, age 26, was taken in custody on May 7, at 1:05 p.m. in this case after a vehicle pursuit that ended at Main Street and Bob Straub Parkway in Springfield. During the pursuit, Borden-Cortez called 911 and advised he had a gun. Once stopped by police, he exited the vehicle with a knife and challenged police to shoot him. However, he was safely taken into custody. He was lodged on Elude by Vehicle and two counts of Murder in the First Degree. Case 21-06929

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