Roommate killer not suspect in Ashland beheading

Christian Delaurentiis had ties to Southern Oregon and a history of knife violence

A gavel in a courtroom (MGN Online, file)
A gavel in a courtroom (MGN Online, file)

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Police investigating the near-decapitation of an Ashland grocery clerk looked at a man later convicted of dismembering his roommate in a Portland suburb, but they don’t consider him a suspect.

Ashland Chief Terry Holderness told the Mail Tribune Christian Delaurentiis had ties to Southern Oregon and a history of knife violence.

Holderness says that, like others investigators considered, Delaurentiis isn’t a suspect but hasn’t been ruled out, either.

Delaurentiis was to be sentenced this week after pleading guilty to aggravated murder for killing his roommate in Aloha in 2012 to keep him from telling police about several bank robberies. Sentencing is now scheduled in March.

After David Grubbs was slain on a bike path in 2011, Ashland police interviewed some 2,000 people. The weapon hasn’t been found.

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