Man accused in slaying of Grass Valley woman also faces robbery charge |

Man accused in slaying of Grass Valley woman also faces robbery charge

Justin Lee Graham-Yaeger

A man facing murder charges in connection with a Grass Valley woman’s death also is accused of robbing his victim, Medford, Oregon, police said.

Justin Lee Graham-Yaeger, 33, used force and seriously injured 23-year-old Sierra Clemens when he robbed her Friday — the day Medford police arrested him on murder charges. On Monday, Jackson County prosecutors filed formal charges of aggravated murder, murder and first-degree robbery against Graham-Yaeger, court records state.

“He did take property from the victim that we found on him during the arrest,” said Lt. Mike Budreau with the Medford Police Department.

Budreau declined to say what Graham-Yaeger took from Clemens.

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Police also found a knife during their investigation, the weapon authorities believe was used in the homicide, Budreau said.

A Monday autopsy determined Clemens died from multiple stab wounds. The manner of death is homicide, Budreau said.

Graham-Yaeger remained jailed Wednesday without bond, records state. A Jackson County prosecutor said the case is scheduled to appear before a grand jury today.

According to reports, officers found Clemens’ body after responding Friday morning to a disturbance at a Medford motel. Moments later they found Graham-Yaeger hiding in a Dumpster. A police dog bit Graham-Yaeger during his arrest. He was treated at a hospital before being booked into jail.

Graham-Yaeger and Clemens knew each other through common acquaintances, Budreau said.


Andrew LaRussa said he worked with Clemens at the Grass Valley Raley’s. They began speaking regularly in late 2016, talking about coworkers and customers. That’s when Clemens told LaRussa she wanted to help people.

“I didn’t get to hang out much outside of work because of our schedules, but we talked a lot at work,” LaRussa said in a message. “She wanted to help people.

“Before I left there she was traveling a lot, mostly up in Oregon and she was very happy doing that,” he added.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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