A federal grand jury in Eugene has indicted two men accused of burning the image of a cross and the letters "KKK" into a Medford family's front lawn.




Assistant U.S. Attorney Bud Fitzgerald said Wednesday that Gary David Moss, 37, and Devin Klausegger, 28, of Medford are charged with conspiracy to commit a hate crime, interfering with the housing rights of another person and conspiring to interfere with human rights. The indictment alleges Moss poured flammable liquid in the intended shape and Klausegger handed him an explosive device.




Jonathan and Sol Whyte, a mixed-race couple with two daughters, were the target of the crime May 26 at their home in the 500 block of Benson Street.




Jonathan Whyte moved from Jamaica in 2000, and the family had been living in the house since January.




Sol Whyte was contacted by a FBI agent Tuesday and told that a federal indictment could be on the way.




"It made me happy to hear they charged them with additional crimes," Whyte said. "This whole thing has been hard on my family."




The Whytes have since moved away from the Benson Street house. The Mail Tribune will keep the family's new location secret for fear of repercussion.




The move was not easy, Whyte said.




"We had to put our things in a storage unit and stay with relatives," she said. "We've had amazing support from family and community."




The incident has not clouded Whyte's view of Medford.




"I have lived here for most of my life and I know most people in this area are not like (the suspects)," she said.




In addition to the federal indictment, Medford police charged Moss with first-degree arson, possession of a destructive device, four counts of reckless endangering and second-degree criminal mischief. He remains lodged in the Jackson County Jail on $100,000 bail.




Klausegger faces charges of first-degree arson, first-degree intimidation, possession of a destructive device, four counts of reckless endangering and second-degree criminal mischief. He remains lodged in jail on $500,000 bail.