MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford Police Department has confirmed new information in the alleged murder of a Medford man over the weekend, reporting that they discovered the victim's body inside of a refrigerator belonging to one of the suspects.
The grisly details were included in a probable cause affidavit filed Monday by police before it was sealed by the court. Lieutenant Mike Budreau confirmed the details of the report to NewsWatch 12.
Officers responded for reports of an assault inside an apartment in the 800-block of Royal Avenue on Sunday morning. MPD initially said that a suspect was discovered outside of the apartment, but he ran inside when officers approached. The agency said that he later came out after police called him on the phone and was detained.
In a search of the apartment, investigators discovered the body of 24-year-old Aaron Stitt inside of a closed refrigerator, and MPD said that it was evident the suspects had worked to clean up the crime scene.
Investigators arrested three men in connection with Stitt's death: 20-year-old Brycen Scofield, 22-year-old Dylan Suede McLeod, and 25-year-old Austin Michael McLeod. All three were charged with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery, second-degree abuse of a corpse, unlawful use of a weapon, and tampering with evidence.
According to Medford Police, Stitt was invited over to Scofield's apartment where the three men planned to rob him. Prosecutors allege that they used a hammer or wrench to kill Stitt, then later concealed, removed, or destroyed his bloody clothing, blood, and the murder weapons.
The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office determined at the scene that skull fractures found on the victim were “consistent with being struck by a hammer,” according to the police affidavit. An autopsy of Stitt's body is still forthcoming.
Investigators also recovered guns at the scene, MPD said.
The three suspects were arraigned in Jackson County Circuit Court on Monday and are being held without bail pending further court proceedings.