MEDFORD, Ore. -- A man has been charged with murder for the stabbing death of a 38-year-old Medford woman.

The Mail Tribune reports45-year-old Jose Valencia-Gaona appeared in Jackson County Circuit Court on Thursday for the death of Maria Guadalupe Rodriguez, who was killed outside her apartment.

Valencia-Gaona's voice broke as answered the interpreter's questions translated from visiting Judge Fred E. Avena, and his court-appointed attorney.

Avena ordered him held without bail, at least until his Sept. 12 pretrial hearing.

Police say Valencia-Gaona jumped from a hiding spot in the bushes outside Rodriguez's apartment at about 8:30 p.m.Sunday and stabbed her several times.

He also swiped at witnesses who tried to intervene and ran away before authorities arrived. Police hinted that Valencia-Gaona knew Rodriguez.

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