A suspect in the slaying of a Cave Junction man who himself was once the suspect in a homicide last year has been arrested in California, Oregon State Police announced Saturday morning.
Stranger Raymond Davis, 28, is being held on a murder warrant out of Josephine County in the fatal shooting of 61-year-old Michael Clyde MacDonald, who was found dead in the 6000 block of Rockydale Road last Saturday.
According to an OSP news bulletin, investigators identified Davis as a suspect in MacDonald's slaying and tracked him to Paradise, Calif., a small town east of Chico.
Working with police there, Davis was arrested Wednesday on an unrelated warrant, and since then a murder warrant has been issued out of Josephine County in connection with MacDonald's slaying.
Further details were not immediately available. OSP said Grants Pass police and the Josephine County District Attorney's Office assisted with the investigation.
MacDonald was once named by investigators as a person of interest in slaying of 39-year-old Aaron Clouser, who was found stabbed in the 200 block of West Millie Street on the night of Nov. 5, 2013.
Although he was arrested shortly after the slaying, no charges were filed against MacDonald in connection with Clouser's death and he was eventually released. Investigators have since arrested another man, 44-year-old Daniel Martinson, on murder charges in that case.
It was not immediately clear if investigators believe there is a link between the two slayings. Neither men were strangers to law enforcement.
The Clouser slaying came amid a series of violent incidents last fall in Cave Junction and the Illinois Valley, including bar brawls and a bizarre hit-and-run on Oct. 30 in which two men fighting in the middle of the Redwood Highway were struck and killed by a motorist, who then fled.
Among those incidents was a shooting on Oct. 12 in which a 19-year-old man named Clyde E. MacDonald told authorities he was shot and wounded by a passing motorist as he was walking along Redwood Highway. No arrests were ever reported.
According to Daily Courier archives, Davis also is no stranger to law enforcement, having a criminal record that dates back at least 10 years ago, when he was a teenager.
In 2004, when he was 17 or 18, he was sentenced to 41Ú2 years in prison on convictions for third-degree assault and two counts of assaulting an officer. Information at that time was that he bit an officer.
In 2009, then age 22, he made headlines when he unsuccessfully tried to flee Grants Pass police via the Rogue River at Riverside Park and nearly drowned. He was wanted at that time for parole violation.
And in 2013, he was in the news again when he was seriously injured in a rollover wreck on the Redwood Highway near Selma.
He was a passenger in a minivan in that incident and was injured after he was thrown from the vehicle, having not been wearing a seat belt.