Attorney launches website for Strebendt murder case info


Former Marine sniper, retired professional fighter, and long-time UGer Gerald Strebendt faces a murder charge in connection with a fatal shooting on January 29, 2014 in Springfield, Oregon. Strebendt claims that he acted in self-defense when he fired on David Crofut, 53, after a roadside confrontation. Crofut was unarmed at the time. 

Strebendt called 911 following the collision but before shooting Crofut, and was still connected with the 911 call when the shot was fired. Strebendt’s attorney, Mike Arnold states that Strebendt reached into his vehicle and retrieved his weapon, a loaded .223 caliber semi-automatic rifle, because Crofut verbally threatened his life. Carrying a loaded rifle in a vehicle is legal in Oregon.

Police report that Crofut and his wife had been at a local tavern prior to crossing paths with Strebendt. Arnold alleges that Crofut drank approximately six beers on the night of the shooting.

Arnold has launched a website,, to seek information from any potential witnesses to the incident.

“Since Day 1, my client has been requesting that we go public and turn over every stone and get as much information as possible,” said Arnold. “He’s of the firm opinion that the truth will set him free.”

"Did you drive by the aftermath of the car crash on Bob Straub Parkway on January 29, 2014?  Has someone told you that they witnessed something or have information?  Please let us know what you saw or heard. You can call Arnold Law at 541.338.9111 and ask to speak to our investigator or you can submit information by email to"

Arnold said that any potential witnesses who have not yet come forward with information may include “an unidentified driver who was going northbound after the ramming of Mr. Strebendt’s vehicle, prior to him being forced to fire his rifle. That person may not think they have anything important to add, but every observation is important in a case like this.”

Strebendt, 35, has been held in the Lane County Jail without bail since his arrest in early March. His trial is scheduled for March 2015.

According to Wikipedia, Strebendt was a key witness in the 2005 murder trial of Rafiel Torre. Torre initially offered Strebendt $10,000 to kill the victim, 32-year-old Bryan Richards. Richards had a sizable life insurance policy, and Torre was having an affair with Richards' wife. After Strebendt refused, Torre committed the murder himself on Dec. 21, 2001, leaving the body in the bed of a pickup truck in a supermarket parking lot in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

Torre told Strebendt a few days later that he had killed Richards in self-defense with a rear naked choke. Torre asked Strebendt to provide him with an alibi; Strebendt refused. More than a year after the killing, Strebendt voluntarily came forward and provided his story to detectives, out of concern that Torre would escape punishment for the murder. Torre was convicted of the murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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tbi0904 site profile image  

7/12/14 9:25 PM by tbi0904

Shooting to "maim" is pure Hollywood. You never shoot to injure you shoot to kill. That's why a person better be right when pulling a gun on someone in self defense. You better be in real fear for your life and not "getting even."

HaMMerHouseFAN site profile image  

7/12/14 8:42 PM by HaMMerHouseFAN

If you ever said I was just trying to shoot to scare the guy or shoot him in the arm or leg you are worse off.  You can only shoot someone if you are in fear for your life or the life of someone else.  If you thought you just needed to maim him you're you are screwed in the legal system.

MMA Playwright site profile image  

7/12/14 8:30 PM by MMA Playwright


Joey Bocanegro site profile image  

7/12/14 8:29 PM by Joey Bocanegro

Good luck with that defense. Life behind bars.

Internettufguy site profile image  

7/12/14 7:58 PM by Internettufguy

Unless the other guy was also going back to his vehicle to get something, as he had already apparently threatened to kill George. Race to see who got there first. George won. I don't know what happened and no one else on here does either. Just seems to be a whole lot of people absolutely certain what happened when there are many variables that could justify the action.

Joey Bocanegro site profile image  

7/12/14 7:28 PM by Joey Bocanegro

I suspect it will be a quick case. Hard to justify your actions when you have time to go back to your truck and pull out an AR-15 and shoot an unarmed man.

dhughes site profile image  

7/12/14 6:03 PM by dhughes

I know nothing about this case and am only commenting about this statement as a generalization....I've done a lot of volunteer work in the prison system in Florida. One of the nicest guys I ever met was in a Lake County prison and I spent many hours in conversation with him over the course of several visits. Once I stopped doing the volunteer work I decided to look up a few of the people who I had spent time chatting with. The guy who was, to me, the nicest guy ever killed his girlfriend then continued to have "sex" with her corpse for 4 days afterwards. Sociopaths are highly skilled at mimicking the traits of nice people, mirroring empathy, and are often seen as "charming."Again, I am not suggesting for a second that this is the case with Gerald. Just saying that my experience has shown me that social grace, charisma, etc. are expertly faked by some people.

man meets tate site profile image  

7/12/14 6:00 PM by man meets tate

53 year old was obviously on TRT

Internettufguy site profile image  

7/12/14 5:43 PM by Internettufguy

Hell, with just the amount of apparent eyewitnesses in this thread alone, this should be an open and shut case.

Joey Bocanegro site profile image  

7/12/14 5:34 PM by Joey Bocanegro