Lara Murder Trial Delayed Until 2018
BEND, OR — The man charged with murdering a Bend woman near Central Oregon Community College, last summer, will not stand trial until 2018. Edwin Lara s murder trial had been scheduled to begin in October, but that has now been bumped a full year. The judge says it s necessary to conduct a thorough investigation into Lara s upbringing in Honduras. The former COCC security guard is accused of killing 23-year-old Kaylee Sawyer in June, and hiding her body in a ravine outside of Redmond. He then allegedly kidnapped a woman in Salem and went on a crime spree in northern California before he was arrested. The Deschutes County District Attorney says he plans to seek the death penalty.