Two men arrested for the suspected January murder of Eddyville native Cody Joseph Baize in Oregon have been indicted.
According to the Office of District Attorney Beth Heckert in Jackson County, Oregon, Theodore Stacey Johnson, 33, and Joshua Wayne Bull, 32, were indicted April 21 by a grand jury on charges relating to the Baize homicide investigation.
The indictment charges each with one count of second-degree murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree kidnapping and felon in possession of a firearm.
The defendants, both of Grants Pass, Oregon, are currently being held on no bail at the Jackson County Jail. Jackson Circuit Court will schedule future appearances for both to be arraigned on the indictment.
Due to the pending criminal proceedings in this case, no further facts will be released regarding the incident.
The body of Baize, 28, was reported found by passersby in a roadside ditch just before 8 a.m. on Jan. 10 in Butte Falls in the southwest portion of Oregon. Baize, who graduated from Lyon County High School, was living in Grants Pass at the time of his death.
Authorities ruled the death as suspicious from the start, but still have not released a cause of death or possible motive. For three months, a Jackson County investigation unit looked into the death as a murder.
Jackson County has a population of about 221,000 and ranks among the worst counties in Oregon for violent crimes.
Bull has an extensive criminal history, including convictions for violent crimes. He had been lodged in the Josephine County (Oregon) Jail at the time of his arrest on April 16 for a post prison supervision sanction related a 2011 conviction of third-degree sodomy, delivery of methamphetamine to a minor, burglary and theft.
According to court records and news outlets, the conviction was a result of a plea bargain on two counts of rape, sexual abuse and compelling prostitution in connection to a 14-year-old female victim. The girl was reportedly drugged and trafficked as a prostitute. Bull received an 80-month sentence for the crime.
In 2010, the man was convicted of menacing, reckless endangerment and pointing a firearm at another person. Two days after Baize’s body was discovered, Bull was picked up in Linn County, Oregon, for failing to register as a sex offender, among other charges.
Meantime, Johnson had been lodged in Jackson County Jail for a parole violation on a 2018 robbery conviction.
Baize is survived by several family members, including a sister and grandparents who still reside in Lyon County.