MEDFORD, Ore. — A Jackson County grand jury has returned an indictment for 18-year-old Ethan Gutierrez, accused of stabbing a homeless man to death behind Albertson's in Medford on Saturday, according to the District Attorney's office.
Police responded to reports of the assault shortly before 3 a.m. on Saturday morning to a field behind the Albertson's at 113 N Ross Lane. When officers arrived at the scene, they found a man suffering from multiple stab wounds.
Though firefighters and Mercy Flights paramedics tried to save the man's life, he passed away at the scene. After searching the area for about two hours, officers found and arrested Gutierrez.
An autopsy was conducted on the victim, later identified as 48-year-old Ronald Leroy Satterfield, on Monday. Medford Police reported that Satterfield was homeless.
"The manner of death was determined to be homicide and the cause of death was sharp force trauma," the agency said. "The weapon, believed to be a knife, used in the homicide has not been located."
On Tuesday, a grand jury indicted Gutierrez on a charge of Murder in the Second Degree for the fatal stabbing. The next court date in Gutierrez' case has yet to be scheduled.
The District Attorney's office did not release any further details about the case, citing the upcoming criminal proceedings.