An Oregon man’s ex-wife from Guatemala has been charged with second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in connection with his death. Dr. Craig Jackson, a family practice doctor, was killed in August 2021 by two unidentified male assailants who entered his North Bend home.
Reina Gabriela Jackson, also known as Reina Gabriela Matute-Ruano, was indicted by a Coos County grand jury in May, and authorities believe she was one of the participants in the murder.
After nearly two years on the run, Reina Jackson was apprehended by the U.S. Marshals Service in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 14, 2023. She was unaware of the arrest warrant and had decided to return to the United States for some reason.
Coos County Sheriff Gabe Fabrizio confirmed her arrest and stated that she is currently in custody at an Atlanta jail. According to Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier, the couple had just finalized a divorce before Jackson’s murder.
Authorities believe that there were three people involved in the murder, including Reina Jackson and two unidentified male assailants. The DA also revealed that Reina Jackson fled to Guatemala after the murder, and a warrant was issued for her arrest.
In addition to the murder charges, Reina Jackson was also arrested for allegedly violating the terms of her probation for a first-degree burglary charge, which has been outstanding since 2021.
The arrest of Reina Jackson brings some closure to the family and friends of Dr. Craig Jackson, who was a well-respected member of the community. The investigation into his murder is ongoing, and authorities are still searching for the two unidentified male assailants.