Suspect in Custody

Medford, Ore. — Medford Police say the man accused of murdering a Medford woman is in custody.

suspectnew2On Sunday, Police say Jose Valencia-Gaona, 45, stabbed 38-year-old Maria Rodriguez to death outside her apartment on Table Rock Road. Over the last few days, police have been searching areas of West Medford where they believe Gaona has been hiding. Police say Gaona and Rodriguez knew each other before the murder, and are classifying it as a domestic violence homicide. They believe Gaona was hiding outside of her apartment, waiting for her to get home. A press conference will be held at 12:45pm. Newswatch 12 is there and will bring you the latest.