Medford stabbing suspect pleads not guilty
The suspect in a Medford stabbing case pled not guilty Thursday in Jackson County Circuit Court.
According to police, 45-year-old Jose Valencia-Goana jumped from some bushes at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday at an apartment complex at 1990 Table Rock Road and stabbed 38-year-old Maria Guadalupe Rodriguez multiple times. He then swiped the knife at witnesses before fleeing the area. Rodriguez was pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses have told police that Valencia had visited Rodriguez’s apartment several times in the past few weeks. Prosecutors have not released the motivation for the murder.
Valencia is being held in jail without bail until his Sept. 12 pretrial hearing.