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Shooting suspect hasn't gone to trial yet

What happened in the case in which the car salesman was shot during a test drive last February? Did the case ever go to trial? Did the shooter go to jail?

— Catherine E., Medford

Eagle Point resident Clayton Emil Huff, 51, allegedly shot Robert Joe Johnson, 32, a salesman with Lithia Toyota of Medford, when the two stopped in a church parking lot while test-driving a used Mustang.

Police believe Huff shot Johnson following a scuffle in the First Church of the Nazarene parking lot at 1974 E. McAndrews Road.

Huff allegedly pulled out a gun and ordered Johnson to get in the car's trunk. Johnson refused and was shotin the abdomen during the ensuing struggle. Johnson has recovered from his injuries after being treated at a Medford hospital.

Huff remains in Jackson County Jail on $3 million bail and has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted aggravated murder, attempted murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, second-degree attempted kidnapping and attempting to elude police in a vehicle.

The attempted murder charge carries a mandatory-minimum 10-year prison sentence. The assault and robbery charges each carry sentences of seven years, six months.

Huff's case was slated for trial in May, August and November. But each trial date has come and gone. Huff has repeatedly requested new court-appointed attorneys. Court records show a trial date listed for Feb. 15.

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