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  • Murder suspect claims wife shot herself

    Case against Bourne Huddleston heads to the grand jury today
  • A former Marine says he did not shoot and kill his wife, instead alleging she was the one who pulled the trigger.
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  • A former Marine says he did not shoot and kill his wife, instead alleging she was the one who pulled the trigger.
    Bourne Huddleston, a 43-year-old retired gunnery sergeant, says he was in the bedroom at their Pioneer Road home in Medford just after 2 a.m. March 23 when Kristy Huddleston, 34, shot herself in the head in front of him.
    The information was obtained from a probable cause affidavit filed in Jackson County Circuit Court by prosecutors.
    A summary in the affidavit briefly describes Huddleston's assertions: "Suspect admits to rendering no first aid, washing her hands as well as his own, leaving the residence without calling 9-1-1, leaving his 10-year-old son in the residence, taking the weapon from the scene, disassembling the gun and throwing part of it out the window of his truck near White City, and placing part of it in bushes at an address in Eagle Point."
    The affidavit also states Huddleston's "actions do not fit his version of events."
    The Jackson County Sheriff's Department and Jackson County Fire District No. 5 first responded to the rural residence southwest of Medford at 2:10 a.m. March 23 for a 911 call that reported a person bleeding. They found Kristy Huddleston dead in the residence.
    Bourne Huddleston was arrested at the Eagle Point residence an hour after authorities responded to the 911 call. He was arraigned Monday on charges of murder, attempted murder, attempted aggravated murder, unlawful possession of a silencer and solicitation to commit murder. He is being held without bail in the Jackson County Jail.
    The Huddlestons' 10-year-old son was in the home at the time of the shooting, police said. The affidavit notes that the boy "was interviewed & places suspect at the scene and driving away immediately after incident. ..."
    An autopsy revealed Kristy Huddleston had died of a single gunshot wound to the head. The affidavit says the weapon was "believed to be a Sigma 9 mm."
    Huddleston worked as a nurse care manager for the Veterans Affairs Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics in White City. She helped returning veterans reintegrate into society following tours of duty.
    The Oregon State Crime Lab is still analyzing ballistics and other evidence found in the home.
    The Jackson County District Attorney's Office will present the case to a grand jury today, prosecuting attorney David Hoppe said. He declined to comment on any statements in the probable cause affidavit.
    Bourne Huddleston served in the U.S. Marine Corps from November 1988 to August 2009. He worked as an aircraft mechanic, martial arts instructor and recruiter. During his service, he served four tours in the Middle East, including two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.
    Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or by email at rpfeil@mailtribune.com.
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