Grand jury returns murder charge for suspect in Tiki Lodge slaying

Justin Graham-Yaeger was indicted on charges of aggravated murder, murder and first degree robbery.

Posted: May 10, 2019 11:10 AM
Updated: May 10, 2019 11:15 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. — A grand jury has formally charged the suspect in last week's slaying at the Tiki Lodge motel with murder, according to a statement from the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

Justin Graham-Yaeger was arrested last Friday after officers discovered the body of 23-year-old Sierra Bree Clemens of Grass Valley, California in a motel room.

An autopsy of Clemens' body later determined that she had died of multiple stab wounds. Early this week, Graham-Yaeger entered a preliminary not guilty plea in the case.

Now a grand jury has indicted Graham-Yaeger on charges of aggravated murder, murder, and robbery in the first degree. The DA's office said that the grand jury heard from eight witnesses over the course of more than two hours. They deliberated for about 20 minutes before returning the indictment.

"The defendant is being held with no bail. The Jackson County Circuit Court will schedule a future appearance for the defendant to be arraigned on the Indictment," the DA's office said.

No further facts about the case will be released due to the ongoing criminal proceedings, according to the DA's office.

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