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Grand jury returns second-degree murder charge for suspect in Gold Hill killing

Deputies arrested Wiley River Foxx in the early morning hours last Friday after a deadly shooting in Gold Hill.

Posted: Aug 24, 2021 4:21 PM
Updated: Aug 24, 2021 4:23 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — The 18-year-old suspect accused of gunning down another man in Gold Hill last week was formally charged in Jackson County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

Deputies arrested Wiley River Foxx in the early morning hours last Thursday after responding to reports of "gunshots, screaming, and subjects fleeing the scene" from the 500-block of Gustaf Street in Gold Hill.

First responders arrived to find the victim, 24-year-old Thomas James Watters, unresponsive. According to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Watters was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds.

Deputies lodged Foxx at the Jackson County Jail on an initial charge of Murder in the Second Degree. On Tuesday, a grand jury returned an indictment of Foxx on that charge.

Foxx's next court date will be an arraignment set for September 20. Foxx has not yet entered a plea, and will do so at the arraignment.

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