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Woman accused of murder in Oregon arrested boarding a bus in Florida, police say

Source: Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office

Apr. 14 2021, Updated 6:23 p.m. ET

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A woman accused of murder in Oregon last month was arrested trying to board a bus in Florida, police say.

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On March 3, Clackamas County Sheriff’s deputies went to a home and found Jimmy Alan Pearson, 63, dead. He lived alone and his employees found him after he didn’t show up for work. 

Deputies determined his death was suspicious and started their investigation. 

On April 12, deputies announced Nistasha Rose Tate, 23, was arrested in connection to the case. Police say Tate shot Pearson in his home on March 1. 

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Officers in Milwaukie actually stopped Tate in a vehicle on the day of the murder before Pearson was found, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. Inside the car were items that were later determined to belong to the victim. 

Tate was let go and detectives spent weeks working the case, according to the sheriff’s office.


Investigators determined Tate left Oregon and went to North Carolina and then Florida. On April 12, Tampa police arrested Tate as she was about to board a Greyhound bus, according to the sheriff’s office. 

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Police charged Tate with murder II and robbery. She is being held in Florida jail as she awaits a return to Oregon. 

Deputies have not released a motive for the killing or detailed the relationship between Tate and Pearson.  


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