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Trial date still awaits accused murderer

What is happening in the case of the ex-Marine charged with killing his wife last year? I haven't heard anything about this case in a long time. Can you let me know if this case has been plea-bargained? Or is still going to trial?

— Leela J. Jacksonville

Bourne Huddleston, 43, still faces 10 felony charges related to the alleged murder of his wife, 34-year-old Kristy Huddleston. And yes, Leela, the case is still going to trial.

Huddleston is being held in the Jackson County Jail without bail. He is charged with murder and two counts each of attempted aggravated murder, solicitation to commit aggravated murder, attempted murder and solicitation to commit murder. He is also charged with possession of a silencer.

Last October, Jackson County Circuit Judge Benjamin Bloom granted Huddleston's request to replace Michael Bertholf, a defense attorney who works for Southern Oregon Public Defenders Inc., and hire a new public attorney.

Huddleston will be defended by a member of Los Abogados, another consortium of local attorneys that has a contract with the Oregon Office of Public Defense Services. His trial was slated to begin on May 7, but Huddleston was granted a continuance late last month. No new trial date has been set, according to court records.

Police and Jackson County Fire District No. 5 responded to the Huddlestons' rural home at 6645 Pioneer Road after a 911 call reported Kristy Huddleston bleeding at 2:10 a.m. March 23. Police tracked Bourne Huddleston to an Eagle Point residence where he was arrested without incident.

The state maintains Huddleston killed his wife with a single gunshot wound to her head, fired from a firearm equipped with a silencer, after he failed in two attempts to hire two men to perform the murder-for-hire scheme for him, said David Hoppe, deputy district attorney.

The couple's 10-year-old son was in the Pioneer Road home at the time of the shooting and called police.

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