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UPDATED: Medford man jailed as suspect in Sunday murder

This story was updated with new information at 9:30 a.m.

A Medford man on parole for a 2004 attempted murder is back in jail, suspected of brutally murdering a man Sunday afternoon with an unidentified weapon.

Travis Donald Asbill, 29, with a listed address along the 700 block of Western Avenue, is held without bail on a murder charge, jail records show.

Asbill was arrested following a reported assault just before 1 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at 115 Almond St. Police and medical officials responded to the home and found Donald William Mack, 54, inside with several major head injuries. Paramedics transported Mack to Rogue Valley Medical Center. He was pronounced dead at 1:34 p.m.

Detectives with Jackson County's Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit identified Asbill as a suspect and issued a warrant for his arrest after speaking to witnesses who were at the residence during the attack.

Lt. Mike Budreau of Medford police said an unknown number of people were at the home at the time, but that it wasn't a party.

"By the time we got there, the apartment was essentially empty except for the victim," Budreau said. "Anybody that was there had essentially fled."

Police later tracked him to a residence along the 500 block of South Platt Street in Eagle Point. Medford and Eagle Point police, and Jackson County Sheriff's Office deputies surrounded the home at 8:30 p.m. Budreau said Asbill exited the home, ran back inside when he saw police, the exited again a few minutes later and surrendered.

Police said Asbill and Mack knew each other, though specifics on their relationship is not yet known. Motive is still under investigation.

"Based on our investigation so far, it appears to be an unprovoked attack," Budreau said.

Police are trying to track down witnesses they believe were on scene when Asbill allegedly murdered Mack.

Police have located the weapon they believe was used in the murder, but information about it is not yet available.

Court records show Asbill pleaded guilty to attempted murder charges in 2004, stemming from an incident where he shot and stabbed Ronald Ragsdale several times at a trailhead off Crowfoot Road in the early-morning hours of November 2003. Ragsdale had been sleeping in his car at the time, Mail Tribune archives show. Attorneys said he had likely been in the midst of a methamphetamine-induced psychosis that caused him to hallucinate.

Asbill got seven years in prison for his crimes, followed by parole.

As of this morning, it's not yet confirmed whether drugs were in Asbill's system during the Sunday murder.

Other agencies assisting on the investigation include Oregon State Police, Southern Oregon High Tech Crimes Task Force and the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

Check back later for more updates on this story.

— Ryan Pfeil

UPDATED: Medford man jailed as suspect in Sunday murder