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Released county jail inmate wanted back in custody

Aaron David Whitley

The Jackson County District Attorney’s Office has announced that the release of a suspect on his own recognizance has been revoked and that there is now an All States warrant issued for Aaron David Whitley, 37.

Whitley was found guilty except insane, GEI, on charges of robbery in the first degree and coercion on Jan. 15.

Whitley was in the Jackson County Jail awaiting transport to the Oregon State Hospital when he was released by a court motion on Aug. 20 made by his defense attorney.

The motion was signed by Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Barnack.

It was revoked Wednesday after the District Attorney’s Office requested a hearing to vacate it.

“The court found that it did not have jurisdiction to release him; that the order releasing him was in violation of the victims’ rights to notice under the Oregon Constitution; and, that the state was not provided substantive notice of the motion in order to allow them to notify the victims, object or request a hearing prior to the release of the defendant,” the District Attorney’s Office wrote in a press release sent out late Wednesday afternoon.

The GEI finding also found that due to his qualifying mental disorder, he presents a substantial danger to others, also according to the statement.

The charges stem from an incident in Ashland on Feb. 10, 2020, where Whitley used a knife to attempt to take a vehicle from a victim. He also tried to injure or threaten additional victims when they came to the aid of the initial victim.

The District Attorney’s Office also asks that if anyone has information on the location of Whitley to contact their local law enforcement agency as soon as possible and not to engage with him.