Jeffery Wheeler Receives Life Sentence

MEDFORD, Ore. – An emotional Jeffrey Wheeler speaks out for the first time as he is sentenced for murdering his ex-girlfriend. Wheeler was sentenced to life in prison for killing Jessica Bethany in September 2011. A judge handed down that sentence in Jackson County Court earlier Monday afternoon. In November, Jeffrey Wheeler pleaded guilty to … Continue reading »

Day 2 of Mitchell Below Murder Trial

MEDFORD, Ore. – On the second day of the trial of Mitchell Below, testimony was heard from two psychologists who interviewed Below on separate occasions. Below is on trial for the strangulation death of Bonnie Sue Payne in March of 2011. The defense is arguing that Mitchell Below was in a state of extreme emotional … Continue reading »

Mitchell Below Trial Begins

MEDFORD, Ore. — A trial is underway for a man charged with strangling his girlfriend in 2011. is accused of killing Bonnie Sue Payne in March of 2011. Tuesday’s testimony included the defendant’s sister. She testified that her brother had struggled for years with employment and personal problems. She said that, while she had seen … Continue reading »

Murder Victims’ Family Moving Forward

By Bryan Navarro BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Tabasha’s family is remembering the first anniversary of the five deaths. Just after the murders, Paige-Criado’s brother came to Medford; since those first days, he’s been trying to focus on the positives instead of the tragedy. Jesse Adams lives in Phoenix, Arizona, but on the one-year anniversary of his … Continue reading »

The Criado Tragedy: Emergency Response

By Bryan Navarro MEDFORD, Ore. — One year ago, the lawn where the home of the Criados once stood might have looked like a scene of chaos, but first responders say it was absolutely organized. The first call came in around 9:30; a report of a possible structure fire. Gordon Sletmoe of Medford Fire was … Continue reading »

Criado Killings Impact Domestic Violence

By Steven Sandberg MEDFORD, Ore. — The Criado family killings were the first of several murders in Jackson County in the past year suspected of involving domestic violence. In the aftermath of those deaths, community leaders say it pushed people to be more open about violence against family members. Members of community groups and victim’s … Continue reading »

Jessica Bethany Remembered

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Hundreds of people are remembering a Central Point woman found murdered one week ago. About 400 people attended a vigil for Jessica Bethany in Central Point on Saturday night. Police say Bethany was killed a week ago by her ex boyfriend, Jeffery Wayne Wheeler, who is in Jackson County Jail on … Continue reading »

Employers Remember Jessica Bethany

MEDFORD, Ore. — A small memorial for Jessica Bethany sits outside Howiee’s On Front. One memento now sits on top of the bar. Owner Howiee Hawkins says Jessica worked for him for six years and just like that, she’s gone. “I feel like I’ve lost a daughter,” Hawkins exclaims. “She had the sweetest little baby, … Continue reading »

The Murder of Jessica Bethany

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — A 911 came in early Sunday morning. Police said the call reported a “deceased female.” Officers were quickly dispatched to an apartment complex on the 700 block of East Pine Street and inside Init 5 is where 32-year-old Jessica Starr Bethany was found dead. Police said her death seemed suspicious and … Continue reading »