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UPS driver accused in I-5 shootings could face new charges

What’s the latest on the UPS driver who was arrested as a suspect in those freeway shootings over the summer. Is he still in jail?

— Archie, via email

Kenneth Alan Ayers, 49, of Roseburg, is still being held in the Jackson County Jail on $1 million bail pending felony assault and weapon use charges accusing him of shooting from the cab of a semitrailer while he was on the job for UPS, including an Aug. 19 shooting that injured a motorist outside Central Point.

Oregon State Police stated that it has linked Ayers to seven shootings from May 12 until his Aug. 20 arrest that allegedly occurred during his route for UPS from Roseburg to Medford, but as of Friday, Ayers had only been charged in Jackson County shootings that occurred June 4 and Aug. 19.

Recent court documents indicate that Ayers will be charged in Jackson County Circuit Court in the Douglas and Josephine county shootings.

Ayers’ court-appointed defense lawyer, Clint Oborn, requested Friday that his client’s next court appearance be rescheduled for Nov. 30 because they’re still awaiting the state’s amended indictments.

According to an Oct. 14 filing, Jackson County planned to prosecute him for incidents that occurred in Douglas County May 12, June 2 and July 7, and for a July 9 incident in Josephine County. In that filing, Ayers waived his right to object to Jackson County as the venue prosecuting incidents that occurred in the two counties.

According to a filing earlier this week, Deputy District Attorney Virginia Greer, who is prosecuting Ayers’ case, sought an order from UPS summoning a manager for the Roseburg UPS hub to appear in court Nov. 9 and provide a list of evidence that includes time card information between May 1 and Aug. 20, vehicle make, model and VIN data for all vehicles assigned to Ayers during his employment with the parcel service, and any GPS coordinates, location logs and cellular phone data.

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