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Jury picked, manslaughter trial to begin Wednesday

A Jackson County man will be tried for manslaughter in a trial set to begin Wednesday, nearly six years after a deadly motorcycle crash.

Jury selection was completed Tuesday for the trial of Joshua Joseph MacDonald-Pose, 34, who faces charges of manslaughter, two counts of witness tampering and a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of intoxicants.

The Jackson County District Attorney’s office refiled a consolidation request with Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Barnack, which resulted in fewer charges to be heard by jurors. The trial is set to begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

MacDonald-Pose pleaded not guilty to the charges, which stem from a motorcycle collision in May of 2016 on Interstate 5 near Rogue River. MacDonald-Pose and John J. Soule were riding motorcycles together when they reached a curve, collided and ran off I-5.

Soule died at the scene, and MacDonald-Pose was taken from the location for medical treatment.

MacDonald-Pose was indicted by a grand jury on charges pertaining to the accident in March 2017.

The two counts of tampering with a witness occurred in June 2017 while MacDonald-Pose was being held in the county jail. The indictment was filed about a week later, according to a court document.

Before jury selection Tuesday, MacDonald-Pose was convicted by Judge Timothy Barnack in a bench trial of fleeing or attempting to flee from an officer — a felony — as well as misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving from a February 2016 arrest in Gold Hill. He was acquitted of carrying a concealed weapon, also a misdemeanor.