A mother has been shot dead allegedly by her estranged husband – a violent member of a whites-only biker gang who had previously threatened to peel her skin off ‘layer by layer’.
Jessie Doyle Cavett, 27, was shot in the head on Saturday at her home in Gresham, Oregon. Her ex Joshua Cavett, 36, has been charged with her murder.
Mrs Cavett’s five-year-old daughter Peyton was standing over her mother’s body when police arrived at the scene.
Mrs Cavett, a hair stylist instructor, died on Sunday at OHSU Hospital from her injuries.
The father abducted the couple’s two-year-old daughter Paige from the home causing an Amber Alert to be issued.
Police who arrived at the scene said that Peyton had reportedly phoned a friend to tell them that ‘Josh hurt mommy’.
Cavett was arrested at 9pm on Saturday with a loaded gun in his backpack.
The alleged shooter was tracked down with his youngest daughter to an apartment block a mile from where his wife was shot dead after people recognized him from the Amber Alert.
The two-year-old girl was checked over in hospital but was unharmed.
History of trouble: An early mugshot of Joshua Cavett (left) and right, with his first tattoos – biker gangs have long adopted Nazi symbols
Cavett allegedly told arresting officers: ‘I’m not going to complain, I just (expletive) killed somebody.’
The 36-year-old has been charged with his wife’s murder. He appeared in court on Monday for his arraignment, sitting behind plexiglass and flanked by two guards.
He has pleaded not guilty to murder and two counts of felon in possession of a firearm.
He is next scheduled to appear in court on October 22. He is known to police and has previous convictions for assault.
Mrs Cavett had been granted a restraining order in August after her husband made a series of chilling threats.
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Mrs Cavett, who was divorcing him, said that he had a history as a meth user and threatened to give her a ‘hot shot’ – a drug injection which would kill her.
According to Oregonlive, she wrote in the restraining order request: ‘He says he will hurt me or have me hurt by someone else that no one will ever know.
‘He will not let me alone to be a mother.’
She added that her husband wanted to torture her by ‘tying me up to a chair to peel my skin off layer by layer’.
She reported other abuse saying that in April he repeatedly hit her in the stomach and head.
The 36-year-old father was banned from seeing his daughter Paige after his wife won sole custody.
Kimberly Beddor, the owner of Bella Institute in Portland where Mrs Cavett worked, told Oregonlive that the 27-year-old had been trying to cut off ties with her husband.
Ms Beddor added: ‘She was a loving mother and an amazing friend … who lost her life in a senseless, violent act.’
Gresham Police are currently on the lookout for Keshia Moritz, 28, who is believed to have witnessed the shooting of Mrs Cavett.
A man reported that Cavett turned up with the woman and a young girl at his apartment.
Moritz is described as 5’6, 140lbs with chest tattoos and a pierced nose and lower lip.
The Gresham police can be contacted on 503-618-2719 or 1-888-989-3505.
Accused: Cavett, 36, was arraigned on Monday following the fatal shooting of his estranged wife Jessie in front of her children
Police are looking for 28-year-old Keshia Moritz who they believe may have witnessed the shooting of Jessie Doyle Cavett