Homeless witnesses to go free

A homeless couple jailed for 82 days as witnesses in a first-degree manslaughter case should be released this afternoon, a judge ruled today.

Carl Albert Bogenschneider, 51, and his wife, Lynn Ann Bogenschneider, 46, can stay at the St. Vincent de Paul Society shelter in Medford and check in weekly with a pretrial-release program designed to make sure criminal defendants show up in court.

"The attorneys have come up with a viable option to incarceration," Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Ron Grensky said.

Defense attorney Christine Herbert said she was pleased that the Bogenschneiders would be released, but she noted that they were still being treated like people facing criminal charges, required to check in with Jackson County Community Justice until the manslaughter case is resolved.

That resolution could happen as soon as next week. Prosecutor David Hoppe asked Grensky to set a chance for Brian Keith Garrett, 40, to change his not-guilty plea to the manslaughter charge filed against him. The charge was linked to the death of James William Revier, 42, who was found dead after the two fought at a homeless camp in Medford June 3. The Bogenschneiders and Timothy Hilbert Williams, 39, also stayed at the same camp and were jailed as witnesses to the fatal fight. Williams, who has been arrested multiple times and has a history of failing to appear in court, is still lodged in Jackson County Jail.

— Anita Burke

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