Man arrested in Medford motel killing
A Medford man described by police as a transient was arrested Friday in the violent death of a California woman in a Medford motel room.
Justin Lee Graham-Yaeger, 33, was arrested on a charge of murder in the predawn killing of 23-year-old Sierra Bree Clemens of Grass Valley, California.
Medford police found Clemens’ body and evidence of a “violent disturbance” shortly after 4:30 a.m. Friday inside a motel bathroom at the Tiki Lodge, 509 N. Riverside Ave., according to Medford police.
Police forced their way into the room about 4:38 a.m., according to Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau, after no one came to the door while police investigated reports of a disturbance in Room 111. As police worked their way inside, officers heard someone going out the bathroom window, Budreau said.
At 5:55 a.m., a Medford police K-9 found Graham-Yaeger hiding in a dumpster behind a business in the 500 block of North Bartlett Street, according to Budreau. Graham-Yaeger was arrested after being bitten by the police dog.
Medford police provided Graham-Yaeger with medical treatment for the dog bite, and he is being held at the Jackson County Jail without bail.
Budreau said police do not believe there are other suspects.
The motive of the murder is under investigation, according to police. The cause and manner of Clemens’ death were not immediately known. An autopsy is planned in the coming days.
Police have ruled out domestic violence as a factor in the case, according to Budreau, who said police found no evidence the suspect and Clemens were in a relationship.
Jackson County Circuit Court records show that Graham-Yaeger has felony convictions for first-degree burglary in 2010 and felon in possession of a firearm in 2011. Court records also show that he’d been sentenced to jail and probation less than two weeks ago on a misdemeanor conviction for resisting arrest following an April 20 Talent police arrest.