Husband Charged in October Death of Wife in SW Medford

This is an update to a prior article regarding this incident.

On October 31st, 2022 at about 9:15a, the Medford Police Department and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of an automobile versus pedestrian motor vehicle accident in the 2100 block of Happy Valley Drive. Upon arrival, MPD officers found 32-year-old Lacey McGowan deceased. The driver of the vehicle was her husband, 34-year-old Eric McGowan.

The Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction team (STAR) was called to the scene and assumed the investigation. The STAR team is a specialized team of reconstruction experts that handles serious injury and fatal motor vehicle accidents. The team is comprised of members of the Medford Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, and the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office. 

It was learned through the investigation that Eric McGowan and Lacey McGowan were arguing while traveling home in a vehicle and that at one point the vehicle stopped so that Lacey McGowan could exit. While exiting the vehicle, Lacey McGowan was struck by the vehicle driven by her husband and died on scene. After a lengthy and time-consuming investigation, this case was presented to a Grand Jury on April 4th, 2023. The Grand Jury indicted Eric McGowan on charges for Manslaughter 1, Manslaughter 2 and DUII.

On April 12th, 2023 at about 9:00AM, Eric McGowan was contacted at his place of work on S. Riverside Avenue and was arrested on the above listed criminal charges. He was lodged at the Jackson County Jail with a bail of $250,000.

No additional information was released by authorities at this time.

A criminal complaint is only an accusation of a crime, and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Source: MPD

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