Dispute lands Medford couple behind bars

A Medford woman faces a Measure 11 assault charge for allegedly stabbing her boyfriend Friday during a domestic dispute at their apartment, police said.

Medford police were called to Providence Medical Center near 2:15 p.m. for a report that a stabbing victim had checked himself into the emergency room.

The man, later identified as Brendan Shaun Murdoch, 27, told officers that he had been "jumped" by unknown attackers in Hawthorne Park.

Murdoch claimed the attackers stabbed him in the torso and then fled.

Officers soon canvassed the park, but were unable to find witnesses or proof an attack had occurred.

Murdoch then confessed that he and his girlfriend Donea O'Dell Morris, 22, had gotten into a fight at their apartment in the 200 block of North Columbus Avenue.

This fight ended with Murdoch being stabbed and Morris suffering injuries.

"There was a self-defense component to this case that takes a long time to sort through," Medford police Detective Sgt. Mike Budreau said. "We have to speak with both parties involved and see exactly what happened."

Morris was treated for wounds and soon joined her boyfriend in the Jackson County Jail.

Morris was charged with second-degree assault, a Measure 11 crime that carries a five-year, 10-month prison sentence upon conviction.

She remained lodged late Friday in jail on $1 million bail.

Murdoch was charged with fourth-degree assault and a felony probation violation warrant. He remained lodged in jail without bail.

Both have had recent run-ins with the law for various crimes.

Morris was convicted of fourth-degree assault in July 2011. She also has a first-degree forgery conviction from 2008.

Murdoch has past convictions for first-degree theft in 2010 and attempted first-degree theft in April 2011.

"We had a difficult time with statements in this case," Budreau said. "It made it difficult to know exactly what occurred right at first because of the information we were getting."

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471; or email cconrad@mailtribune.com.

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