Man convicted of murdering Jason Fox, station reports

<p><p>A jury Thursday convicted one of the suspects in the murder of Jason Fox in 2020, according to KREM 2 News.</p></p><p><p>Claude Merritt was found guilty on multiple charges, including first-degree murder, related to the death of Jason Fox, 19, the station reported.</p></p><p><p>On Oct. 4, 2020, authorities found Fox with his hands bound behind his back in a shallow grave on the grounds of a riverfront wedding venue outside of Newport.</p></p><p><p>Kevin Belding was also facing charges in the murder of Fox, but a judge dropped the murder charge against him, KREM reported last month.</p></p><p><p>Three other people, Matthew Raddatz-Freeman, Riley Hillestad and Sean Bellah, were also arrested in connection to Fox’s death, KREM reported. The status of their cases was unclear Friday.</p></p><p><p>Merritt is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 18.</p></p>