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Attempted murder charged in suspected drug stabbing

A Talent man is accused of attempted murder following a stabbing outside Central Point that police say stemmed from missing heroin.

Gregg Christopher Yerington Jr., 39, is in the Jackson County Jail facing a string of felony drug, attempted murder and assault charges, the bulk of which stem from a Wednesday altercation in which police found a 61-year-old man with two stab wounds, according to documents filed late this week by Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies in Jackson County Circuit Court.

After Yerington fell asleep in his pickup in the 6000 block of Table Rock Road, he awoke to find an undisclosed amount of heroin missing, the victim told police. Yerington confronted the victim, then attacked from behind after the man denied taking the drugs.

Police observed stab wounds in the man’s lower right back and neck, court documents say.

Upon his arrest, Yerington allegedly admitted to an altercation with the man, but claimed he only struck the victim with his hands.

The Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement task force separately arrested Yerington on felony drugs and weapons charges spurred by an alleged drug deal near the Rogue Valley Mall last month.

Yerington allegedly dropped a bag containing 80 grams of heroin and 14.08 grams of meth at the mall, according to court documents filed by MADGE. Detectives separately found digital scales in the trunk, and Yerington allegedly made admissions about selling drugs.

A search of Yerington’s Talent home allegedly yielded eight firearms, according to MADGE. The court documents say Yerington is prohibited from owning firearms as a convicted felon.

Full details about Yerington’s pending charges were not immediately available because Oregon court records were down for maintenance Saturday; however, Jackson County Jail records show that Yerington was charged in Jackson County Circuit Court Thursday on felony counts of first-degree theft, altering or obliterating a firearm ID number, felon in possession of a firearm and delivering and possessing heroin in addition to counts of attempted murder and first- and second-degree assault.

As of Saturday evening, Yerington remains held in jail on $1.5 million bail.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.

Gregg Christopher Yerington Jr. is accused of stabbing a man in the neck and back over missing heroin. Jackson County Jail booking photo.