Investigators believe it was a fight over a 15-year-old girl that led to a 20-year-old Medford man stabbing a 21-year-old man during a Sunday attack in Hawthorne Park that led to the arrest of three men, authorities said.
The girl apparently was involved with suspect Shilo Hill Hutson but was recently associating with victim Michael Gregory and his friends, and Medford Police Department detectives suspect that triangle is at the heart of Sunday's violence.
"That's not set in stone, but it's what makes the most sense and that's what folks have been telling us," Medford police Sgt. Mike Budreau said Monday.
Hutson was arraigned Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court on charges of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault and one count of attempted first-degree assault stemming from Sunday's fight.
Hutson was returned Monday to the Jackson County Jail, where he was being held Monday on $1 million bail.
His brother, 18-year-old Cody Blue Hutson, along with 22-year-old Dustin Lee Soli, both of Medford, were each arraigned Monday on one charge of third-degree assault, court records show. They were both returned to jail, where Cody Hutson was being held on $50,000 bail and Soli was jailed without bail for violating his parole from a 2009 third-degree robbery conviction, court records show.
Gregory, meanwhile, has improved in recovering from a knife wound to the abdomen suffered in the attack, authorities said.
After undergoing surgery late Sunday at Providence Medford Medical Center, he was moved today out of the hospital's intensive-care unit and into a regular unit, hospital spokeswoman Vicki Chamberlain said.
Gregory was stable and listed Monday in good condition, Chamberlain said.
The fight broke out shortly before 5 p.m. while Gregory and friends were playing Hacky Sack in the park near the city pool when three men approached them, police said. They singled out Gregory for a fight, during which Gregory was hit in the head with a thick stick and stabbed once, police said.
The suspects then fled, and police caught up with the Hutsons and Soli on Jackson Street and detained them, police said.
Police did not recover what they believe to be the fixed-blade knife used in the attack, though Shilo Hutson was wearing an empty leather sheath at the time of his arrest, Budreau said. The trio had already crossed Bear Creek before their arrest and police suspect the knife was tossed into the creek, Budreau said.
Detectives had no plan Monday to search the creek for the knife, which likely would be washed free of forensic evidence by now, Budreau said.
"We can put a case together without it," Budreau said.
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