Justin Dale Weathers may want to rethink his line of work.
Three days after he was choked into unconsciousness during an alleged attempt to rob people in a Medford motel room for drugs and cash, Weathers was shot in what police say was another robbery gone wrong. To top it off, the drugs he allegedly was trying to steal in the second incident were fake.
Weathers, 32, is one of two men lodged in the Jackson County Jail on robbery charges after a minor gunshot wound to the arm brought him to the Providence Medford Medical Center emergency room at 6 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, according to a release issued by Medford police.
The shooting occurred during an alleged heroin deal that began near Ashland motels on Clover Lane, according to documents filed by Medford police. Weathers and Cody Hanson, 32, allegedly set up a deal to pay Kyle Ludlow and another man $800 for a half-ounce of heroin.
Court documents filed by police indicate that the buyers and sellers both had bad intentions. The half-ounce of heroin was described as "fake drugs" in an affidavit filed by Medford police, while Weathers allegedly told police he and Hanson planned to rob the victim with a stun gun.
When the robbery victim met Weathers and Hanson for the hand-off, Weathers allegedly attempted to use the stun gun, prompting a seller to draw a 9mm Hi-Point pistol. Wielding his own firearm, Weathers allegedly continued to menace him before chasing him by car.
In snowy conditions, Weathers and Hanson allegedly followed the man into Medford, where Weathers menaced him and another passenger with the gun, police say. In an attempt to protect himself, Best allegedly fired four to five rounds into Hanson's vehicle. One of the rounds hit Weathers in the arm, the release said.
Weathers was arrested after his release from the hospital Feb. 23 and lodged in the Jackson County Jail on robbery charges. He remains lodged in the jail on charges of first- and second-degree robbery, and on warrants for failing to appear on previous charges of possessing heroin and recklessly endangering a minor.
During the investigation, detectives determined that Weathers and Hanson also had been involved in a Feb. 19 robbery attempt at the Travelers Inn on Alba Drive in Medford. During that robbery, Weathers allegedly attempted to rob one of the victims of drugs and money while armed with a gun and wearing a mask. But the attempt was thwarted when a would-be victim tackled Weathers and choked him into unconsciousness, according to Medford police.
Weathers, of the 6000 block of Rock Way in Central Point, pleaded not guilty to charges of first- and second-degree robbery Wednesday, with the charges related to both incidents. He has a pretrial conference scheduled for Monday, March 12, according to court records.
Hanson was arrested Wednesday during a traffic stop in Eagle Point. He remains lodged in jail on $407,500 bail pending first- and second-degree robbery charges and on warrants for failing to appear in court on earlier first-degree theft charges.
Ludlow is lodged in jail without bail for violating his probation on prior first-degree theft and heroin-delivery convictions.
The man who shot Weathers has not been charged in the case, court and jail records show.
— Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.