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Man indicted for murder in White City woman's homicide

A White City man was arraigned Wednesday in the stabbing death of 63-year-old Amanda Gail Berthelot.

Hector Cruz Orozco, 24, was indicted Tuesday by a Jackson County grand jury for second-degree murder in the Oct. 22 death of Berthelot at her home, according to Jackson County Circuit Court records. Orozco was also charged with first-degree animal abuse and tampering with evidence.

The grand jury heard from eight witnesses, including three from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and one Medford police detective, according to the indictment.

Jackson County sheriff’s deputies found Berthelot’s body shortly after 10 a.m. Oct. 22, according to earlier news reports. A sheriff’s office spokesperson stated that Orozco and Berthelot were acquaintances, and that Orozco often frequented the address.

The murder indictment accuses Orozco of “unlawfully and intentionally” causing Berthelot’s death.

The animal abuse charge accuses Orozco of “unlawfully and recklessly and cruelly” causing the death of a canine Oct. 22.

Orozco was also charged with tampering with evidence on accusations he removed, damaged or destroyed clothing that was evidence in the case, according to the District Attorney’s office.

Orozco’s next court appearance is a pretrial conference scheduled for Dec. 7. He is being held in the Jackson County Jail without bail.

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

Hector Cruz Orozco, 24, was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of 63-year-old Amanda Gail Berthelot. Jackson County Sheriff's Office photo.