Medford woman will face murder charge in ex-officer's death

A Medford woman now faces a murder charge in the shooting death of a former Medford police officer in his home during a breakup in their relationship.

A Jackson County grand jury today indicted Charlene Leuzetia Meixner, 45, on a murder charge and three lesser manslaughter charges stemming from the Oct. 20 slaying of Ray Glen Leach, 61.

The murder charge alleges that Meixner intentionally killed Leach with a gunshot to the chest inside Leach's home on Delta Waters Road.

Meixner had been jailed on a lesser charge of first-degree manslaughter after allegedly admitting to shooting Leach.

Jackson County Deputy District Attorney David Hoppe declined to discuss the facts and evidence that led prosecutors to seek the murder charge.

Meixner also faces single counts of first-degree and second-degree manslaughter, which are lesser offenses.

The grand jury also handed up a second count of second-degree manslaughter based on the theory that Meixner aided in a suicide attempt by Leach.

Hoppe declined to elaborate on that charge.

Meixner telephoned police about 8 p.m. Oct. 20, saying Leach was shot in the chest, authorities said. She allegedly also told her son that she shot Leach, prosecutors said in court.

Police have declined to discuss a motive in the case.

Police in August were called to Leach's home during a domestic dispute during which a .38-caliber handgun — the same gun Meixner allegedly used to shoot Leach — was taken from Meixner and returned eight days later.

— Mark Freeman

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