Police: Man awaiting trial on rape charges tried to recruit inmates to murder witnesses

On Friday, Wilson was arraigned on six counts of Solicitation to Commit Murder in the First Degree — charges which are being prosecuted separately from the pending sex crimes cases.

Posted: Jun 4, 2021 5:18 PM
Updated: Jun 4, 2021 5:33 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — A man awaiting trial in the Jackson County Jail on numerous sex abuse charges allegedly tried to recruit other inmates to kill three of his victims.

According to jail records, Wilson was first lodged in the Jackson County Jail in October of 2018 on rape and sex abuse charges. More charges were added in January and August of 2019. Wilson is accused of sexually abusing multiple juvenile girls and taking sexually explicit photos.

Wilson is scheduled to stand trial in early December for nearly two dozen counts.

In April, Wilson approached several other inmates in the Jackson County Jail and offered to pay them if they could "make his victims disappear," according to a police affidavit.

Wilson allegedly offered the first inmate $30,000 to silence the three victims, telling the man that "intimidation was not going to work." He provided the inmate with a letter that detailed each of the victims and their families, according to the affidavit. The names of the victims were marked with an asterisk, allegedly signifying that they should be killed. The letter made its way to police.

To a second inmate, Wilson allegedly offered $20,000 to ensure that the victims did not appear at his court date. When the inmate asked Wilson if murder was acceptable, Wilson advised that he "was okay with the victims being killed," the affidavit said.

On Friday, Wilson was arraigned on six counts of Solicitation to Commit Murder in the First Degree — charges which are being prosecuted separately from the pending sex crimes cases.

Wilson's bail in this case has been set at $1 million with no chance of early release.

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