Here's the latest on the Medford motel murder
A Medford transient accused of stabbing a California woman to death in a motel room has been indicted by a Jackson County grand jury on charges of aggravated murder, murder and robbery in the first degree.
Police allegeJustin Lee Graham-Yaeger, 33, no address, stabbedSierra Bree Clemens, 23, of Grass Valley, California, multiple times in the predawn hours May 3 in her room at the Tiki Lodge on North Riverside Avenue in Medford.
The grand jury handed up the indictment this morning after hearing testimony from eight witnesses over more than two hours, according to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office. Members deliberated for about 20 minutes before making their decision.
Prosecutors have not yet released their reason for the aggravated murder charge, but Oregon law shows that the state's most serious homicide charge applies to cases in which a murder was committed "in an effort to conceal the commission of a crime," in an attempt to conceal the identity of the crime's perpetrator, or in cases where the homicide victim was intentionally maimed or tortured.
Police had responded to a “violent disturbance” at the motel at 4:38 a.m. May 3. About an hour later, a police dog found Justin Lee Graham-Yaeger, 33, hiding inside a Dumpster behind a business in the 500 block of North Bartlett Street and he was arrested. Graham-Yaeger remains in the Jackson County Jail without bail
Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau has said police recovered the murder weapon. He has declined to say whether or how Clemens and Graham-Yaeger knew each other. Police earlier ruled out domestic violence as a factor.
Budreau said the investigation is “largely complete,” pending a handful of forensic tests. The DA's Office said no further information will be released while the case is pending.