The Jackson County Sheriff's Department is investigating two Applegate-area killings that occurred within 12 hours of each other Tuesday and Wednesday.
Detectives say the homicides are unrelated. Sheriff Corey Falls said the occurrence is unprecedented.
"I don't know if we've had any (murders) this close together," Falls said.
The first death was reported at 3:40 p.m. Tuesday in the 7200 block of Thompson Creek Road, which is near the Jackson-Josephine county line. Acting on a 911 report, deputies found 63-year-old Shane Patrick Moore dead from a gunshot wound at his home.
His niece, 26-year-old Aisling Tucker Moore-Reed, who goes by Tucker Reed, was later arrested. Falls said she was still on scene when deputies arrived.
Moore-Reed was arraigned in Jackson County Circuit Court Wednesday afternoon on first- and second-degree manslaughter charges, court records show. Her bail was set at $200,000. She does not have a past criminal history in Oregon.
Shane Moore was facing misdemeanor fourth-degree assault and harassment charges stemming from a September 2015 incident involving his niece. Tucker Reed is named as the victim, documents show. The Grants Pass Daily Courier said Wednesday that Moore-Reed worked as a reporter there for a couple of months earlier this year before leaving for unspecified reasons. She was a graduate of Ashland High School and attended University of Southern California, the Courier said.
As a USC student, Tucker Reed gained national attention in 2013 after the U.S. Department of Education launched an investigation on how USC responded to reported sexual assaults. The L.A. Times quoted Tucker Reed as saying the school did not sufficiently investigate a rape she reported. She helped compile accounts from more than 100 students with similar stories in a federal complaint.
Court records show that Shane Patrick Moore was sentenced to probation in 2004 after pleading guilty to felony charges of methamphetamine and hashish possession.
The victim in the second killing, 23-year-old Alexis Lynn Stormo, was found dead from physical injuries at about 2 a.m. Wednesday inside a house in the 400 block of Tumbleweed Trail, the sheriff's department reported.
Falls declined to provide specific details about Stormo's death, though investigators said she was not killed with a gun.
"We know a firearm was not involved in this case," Falls said.
Police arrested 35-year-old Ruch resident Todd Levi Wilcox at the scene. On Wednesday afternoon, he was being held in the jail on a murder charge with no bail. He has no felony criminal history in Oregon, jail records show.
Stormo's death is being investigated by the sheriff's department and the Jackson County Medical Examiner. Stormo's family members, who live in South Dakota, have been notified of her death, Falls said. Police believe Stormo was living at the Tumbleweed Trail address.
Falls said Wilcox and Stormo knew each other, but declined to comment further on their relationship.
Two murders in such a short period of time stretched the sheriff's office, Falls said.
"We were taxed. We still had people out at the Thompson Creek address (when the second killing was reported to dispatchers)," Falls said. "We were stretched thin."
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