Red Bluff man convicted of dragging death on motorcycle

A Tehama County man was convicted of murder in the dragging death of his neighbor in February 2021.

A jury on Wednesday found Ray N. Cain Jr., 38, guilty of first-degree murder with the specific circumstance that the murder was committed under torture, according to the Tehama County District Attorney’s Office.

Cain was charged with dragging Johnny Lee Gregory Jr., 62, behind his motorcycle as he led police on a chase, the prosecutor’s office said.

Cain was also found guilty of running away from police while driving his motorcycle recklessly on February 8, 2021.

Red Bluff Police Lt. Matt Hansen said at the time the victim was living upstairs from Cain in a fourplex on Franzel Road.

Prosecutors say Cain beat Gregory inside his apartment, tied a rope around his feet and threw him down the stairs to the sidewalk.

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Police investigators said at the time that they had not determined exactly why Cain attacked his neighbor.

Gregory was unconscious when Cain tied the other end of the rope to his 2004 Honda motorcycle and led officers into a high-speed chase down Franzel Road and South Jackson Street, the prosecutor’s office said.

A Red Bluff police officer fired several shots at Cain but missed as he turned onto South Jackson Street, police previously said.

“The rope securing Mr. Gregory to the motorcycle came loose on South Jackson and he was pronounced dead there,” the prosecutor’s office said.

Police caught Cain when he ran over his motorcycle while trying to get on Interstate 5 northbound. He was treated at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital before being imprisoned.

Cain has a long criminal history, according to the police.

In June 2008, when Cain was 24, he was sentenced to eight years in prison for the 2007 stabbing of two security guards at a Bechelli Lane nightclub in Redding.

Cain did not contest attempted manslaughter after a jury found him guilty of assault with a deadly weapon, battery and other related charges in connection with the April 15, 2007 attack, according to the Record Searchlight archive.

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Mike Chapman is an award-winning journalist and photographer for Record Searchlight in Redding, California. His newspaper career spans Yreka and Eureka in Northern California and Bellingham, Washington. Support local journalism by subscribing today.

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