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Men sentenced in Butte Falls murder case

Joshua Wayne Bull, left, and Theodore Stacey Johnson were found guilty of the murder of Cody Joseph Baize.
Jurors find Bull and Johnson guilty on all charges

Two men were each sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole until after 25 years for murdering Cody Joseph Baize outside Butte Falls in January 2020.

The Jackson County District Attorney’s office announced the sentences Monday after jurors found Joshua Wayne Bull, 34, and Theodore Stacey Johnson, 35, guilty last week of second-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery and being a felon in possession of a gun.

Baize, 28, was found dead off Cobleigh Road near Butte Falls Highway by an elk hunter. Investigators said Baize had been pistol-whipped, shot and run over by his own vehicle, which the suspects took before abandoning it in Central Point.

Baize was living in Grants Pass but came from Kentucky and was a member of the Osage tribe, according to testimony at the trial.

A witness said Baize was likely killed because he took his car back after loaning it to Bull, who hadn’t returned it. Bull and Johnson had filled the car with about $6,000 in drugs they planned to take to California and sell.

Bull and Johnson took the victim from a location in Grants Pass, drove him to the Butte Falls area and murdered him, prosecutors said.

“At sentencing, members of Mr. Baize's friends and family addressed the court, expressing their pain and grief at the senseless murder of someone that by all accounts was as an extraordinarily caring and loving person, someone who was always willing to go out of his way and sacrifice to help the people in his life,” the DA’s Office said in a press release.

In addition to sentencing the two guilty men to life in prison without the possibility of parole before 25 years, Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Laura Cromwell gave them each an additional seven-and-a-half-year sentence after finding the first-degree robbery incident represented a “separate harm” to the victim, the DA’s Office said.

If either defendant is ever granted parole after 25 years, he would still have to serve an additional seven-and-a-half years, according to the DA’s Office.

Before the murder, Bull’s previous convictions included second-degree robbery, first-degree theft, third-degree sodomy, delivery of methamphetamine to a minor, menacing, recklessly endangering another person, pointing a firearm at another and driving under the influence of intoxicants, according to county circuit court records in Josephine County, where Bull lived.

Johnson was previously convicted of second-degree robbery and coercion in Oregon. Oregon circuit court records list him with a Stockton, Calif. address.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @VickieAldous.