Autopsy: Head-shot killed Kristy Huddleston

An autopsy performed on 34-year-old Kristy Huddleston showed she died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Jackson County Medical Examiner Dr. James Olson ruled Huddleston's death a homicide in his report, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

The Jackson County Council Against Domestic and Sexual Violence will host a candlelight vigil in honor of Kristy Huddleston and Liesa Werner, whom police say were murdered last week as a result of domestic violence.

The vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday see correction below on the steps of the Jackson County Courthouse, 100 S. Oakdale Ave., in Medford.

The vigil is open to the public.

The Mail Tribune had the original date listed as 7 p.m. Wednesday, which is not correct.

In addition, the Oregon State Crime Lab is examining ballistics and other evidence collected from Huddleston's home on Pioneer Road near Medford.

Police responded to the home March 23 and found the bleeding Huddleston inside.

Deputies tracked her husband, Bourne Huddleston, 43, to a home in Eagle Point and arrested him on murder charges.

Police said the couple's 10-year-old son was inside the house when the shooting occurred.

Jackson County sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said the investigation is continuing.

"We are still looking into it," she said. "There are some things we will need to finish up."

The Jackson County District Attorney's Office will present the case before a grand jury Thursday, Carlson said.

The grand jury will decide whether Huddleston will be indicted on charges of soliciting aggravated murder, soliciting murder and possession of a silencer.

"Even though we are not finished with our investigation, the case can still be presented before the grand jury," Carlson said.

The district attorney's office believes Huddleston tried to hire someone to kill his wife before the shooting.

Kristy Huddleston worked as a nurse case manager at the Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics in White City. She helped returning military veterans reintegrate into the community following their service.

Murder carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years, attempted aggravated murder carries a 10-year sentence and attempted murder carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 7.5 years.

Huddleston remains lodged in the Jackson County Jail without bail.

A preliminary hearing has been set for April 16 pending the grand jury decision.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471; or email

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