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Suspects in beating-kidnapping plead not guilty

Two suspects in the violent attack of a 31-year-old east Medford woman pleaded not guilty Wednesday during their first appearance in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Michael Benjamin Hambleton, 28, of Medford, and Jordan Marie Broussard, 18, of Gold Hill, are charged with second-degree kidnapping, second-degree robbery, third-degree assault, unauthorized use of a vehicle and a misdemeanor charge of second-degree theft.

Hambleton also has a single felony charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm, while Broussard has a misdemeanor strangulation charge as well, according to court documents.

Police say the victim was physically attacked by Broussard before being forced into her own vehicle by Hambleton and driven several miles from Hambleton’s Cherry Lane residence to a remote, snowy location on Salt Creek Road. Broussard is alleged to have continued attacking the victim as Hambleton drove.

After stealing the victim’s keys and mobile phone, the suspects drove away in her car and left her stranded. The woman, who had been severely beaten, walked 4 miles before finding help, according to previous reporting.

Hambleton and Broussard are being held in the Jackson County Jail on $250,000 bail each. They are scheduled for pre-trial conferences Jan. 31.