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Murder-for-hire suspect to remain in Jackson County Jail

Second request for home detention denied

A Josephine County man’s request for release from the Jackson County Jail to receive medical care at home until his upcoming federal trial was rejected by a United States District Court judge.

John Tobe Larson, 71, has been in jail since August 2019 awaiting federal trial on charges of use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire, as well as for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Per Olson, the lawyer representing Larson, sought his client’s release due to a case of pneumonia as well as his deteriorating health and advanced age. The jail was described as not being a suitable place to treat Larson.

He was previously denied release from the jail based on his health in March 2021 because of the potential for COVID-19 exposure.

His federal trial is scheduled to begin June 6 in Medford and is expected to require five days to complete. The trial had been scheduled to begin in March.