Police sift through accounts of knifing

A Central Point man stabbed in the back in a fight this weekend is recovering, and Medford police continue to track down details about the fight that led to his injuries.

Jerome James Worley, 31, was listed in fair condition at Rogue Valley Medical Center Monday afternoon.

"We are still trying to determine who stabbed him and then we have to determine if it was justified," said Detective Sgt. Mike Budreau.

Investigators have talked to two groups of people who clashed in the 2200 block of Crater Lake Avenue late Saturday.

Worley and two friends had been drinking at a nearby bar and were walking back to one friend's home just before midnight when they came upon two young women.

An ensuing conversation prompted a fight, and the girls called for help from friends in another apartment, Budreau said.

As the fight flared, Worley was stabbed and police were summoned. When an officer arrived, Worley and his friends were waiting, but the other group had left. Police used a dog to track them to a nearby apartment, where the whole group was waiting inside.

Investigators have interviewed all those involved in the fight and are examining forensic evidence.

They ask any neighbors or passers-by who saw anything related to the conflict to call Detective Bill Ford at 774-2236.

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