Jan. 22 – A Medford man will stand trial this week in Jackson County Circuit Court on manslaughter, witness tampering and a host of other charges stemming from a fatal Interstate 5 traffic accident in May 2016.
Joshua Joseph MacDonald-Pose, 34, of the 100 block of Murray Street, Medford, is charged with first degree manslaughter, second degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, flight or attempt to evade a police officer as well as misdemeanor driving charges. twice under the influence of controlled substances, reckless driving and carrying a concealed weapon, according to a grand jury indictment filed in March 2017.
MacDonald-Pose and John J. Soule of Gold Hill rode motorcycles together May 29, 2016 on I-5 near Rogue River. The two men reached a bend, collided and eventually exited the freeway. Soule was pronounced dead at the scene and MacDonald-Pose was transported for medical attention, according to earlier reports.
The indictment combines the fatal collision charges with an incident that occurred Feb. 6, 2016, in Gold Hill when MacDonald-Pose was riding his motorcycle and a Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to arrest him. During the incident, he allegedly fled from police, drove recklessly, carried a concealed weapon and drove under the influence.
Prosecutors asked that the manslaughter case be consolidated with two counts of witness tampering, also a felony. This indictment against MacDonald-Pose says he attempted to “unlawfully and knowingly induce” two witnesses to the accident not to participate in legal proceedings related to the case.
A probable cause affidavit filed with the court said that in June 2017, MacDonald-Pose made a phone call from the Jackson County Jail and remarked to the unidentified man on the other end of the call that he “strongly doubted” that they “would ever appear for any form of trial. »
MacDonald-Pose also asked the man to pass on information about the two witnesses to “his old outfit” and that “Hefe will know who to give it to.”
The affidavit also states that the suspect obtained the witness’s personal information by viewing court discovery documents.
Prison phone calls are recorded.
His defense attorney, Clayton Lance, was able to argue that combining the witness tampering charges with the manslaughter case would cause jurors to question his character and presume him guilty of the charges stemming from the accident and of bad character.
The witness tampering trial is scheduled for Tuesday. The manslaughter trial is due to begin on Wednesday.