A Medford man has been jailed on homicide charges relating to the death of Charles Puzak. Shortly after midnight on September 15th, Medford Police officers were dispatched to an assault occurring at an apartment on Howard Avenue that just occurred. The 60-year old Puzak sustained serious head injuries during the assault.
Upon police arrival, the suspect and the victim were separated and both
still on scene. Puzak was transported by ambulance to Rogue Regional Medical Center. The suspect, John Lopes, was arrested without incident. The assault occurred outside and was witnessed by other individuals.
The investigation revealed that Lopes became upset with his roommate,
Puzak. Lopes punched and kicked Puzak in the head and upper torso
several times. Alcohol was involved. Lopes was lodged at the Jackson
County Jail for assault and disorderly conduct. A Grand Jury indicted Lopes on those charges on September 17th.
Puzak’s medical condition deteriorated. On October 1oth, Puzak died. Jackson County Deputy Medical Examiner Dr. James Olson conducted an autopsy on October 17th. The cause of death was ruled to be
“Complications of blunt head trauma due to blunt force assault” and the
manner of death was ruled “Homicide.”
Yesterday, the case was presented to a Grand Jury again.
The Grand Jury indicted Lopes on manslaughter and assault charges. Lopes remains in jail with a $50,000 bail.