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Stabbing Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

Stabbing SuspectMEDFORD, Ore. — The man accused of stabbing a Medford woman to death earlier this month is entering a “not guilty” plea.

Jose Valencia-Gaona is facing charges for murdering 38-year-old Maria Rodriguez outside her apartment. Monday, he appeared in court for an arraignment.

Gaona’s attorney says they are ready for trial, so there will be a pre-trial conference in two weeks. Gaona is in the Jackson County Jail with a “no bail” hold.