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OSP Makes 3rd Arrest in Three-Month-Old Shooting Death of Grants Pass Man

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The Oregon State Police has made another arrest in connection with the shooting death of a Grants Pass man that occurred more than three months ago.

Josephine County Jail records show 19-year-old Alex Jaden Mersino was arrested and lodged last Friday night.

One week earlier, 24-year-old Julian Cendejas and 23-year-old Isaac Simonian were jailed for the death of 35-year-old Dustin Allen Carstensen on August 4th. Cendejas, Simonian and Mersino are all being held on charges of Murder in the 2nd-Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Criminal Conspiracy.

OSP has not provided any additional details of its investigation, which is ongoing.

The Josephine County District Attorney's Office has taken the unusual step of having probable cause affidavits sealed until the investigation is completed.

Carstensen's death notice in the local newspaper announced it occurred on August 4th in Grants Pass, with no other information available.

Court records indicate the homicide is the ninth to occur in Josephine County in 2023.
Posted on 11/14/23 6:26AM by Sam Marsh