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Oregon Assault: Murder Charges Filed as Victim Succumbs to Injuries

A murder case has unfolded in Oregon, as an assault victim succumbs to her injuries, leading to the escalation of charges against the alleged attacker. Jessa Delyon, 51, passed away on December 5, nearly three weeks after a street attack.

The Medford Police Department arrested 22-year-old Anthony Siple on November 18, responding to a 911 call where he admitted to assaulting a woman, accompanied by somewhat incoherent statements. Multiple other callers also reported the incident, describing a woman screaming and a man assaulting her.

According to reports from KDRV, Rogue Valley Times, and KOBI5, Siple is accused of using a can of food in the attack. Delyon, a resident known for her walks in the area, and Siple had no prior connection.

An update on a GoFundMe page by Delyon’s daughter, Moira Cavanaugh, revealed that Delyon suffered severe brain injuries before her demise. In a poignant decision, the family chose to donate her organs and contribute to medical research. Cavanaugh shared, “We donated her heart, lungs, liver, and both kidneys and saved the lives of 5 people.

We also donated her pancreas and skin cells to research. She wanted to do both and I’m so glad I got to make sure she contributed to both organ donation and medical research.”

Following Delyon’s death, Siple, initially charged with assault and attempted murder, now faces more serious charges, including two counts of second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter, and robbery.

Siple had reportedly pleaded not guilty to the original charges, but it remains unclear whether he has entered a plea for the updated charges. As of now, attempts to reach his attorney have been unsuccessful. A GoFundMe campaign for Delyon’s family has garnered over $6,000 in support.

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