Trial pushed back a year for security officer charged with Bend woman’s murder
FILE–In this Aug. 25, 2016, Edwin Lara appears in court via video screen during an arraignment before at the Deschutes County Circuit Court in Bend, Ore. Eight weeks after Oct. 10, 2017, have been set aside for the trial of Lara in Bend, Ore. Lara is charged with murder in the July, 2016, death of 23-year-old Kaylee Sawyer. (Joe Kline/The Bulletin via AP, file)
KTVZ reports Deschutes County Circuit Judge Michael Adler on Wednesday. set an Oct. 8, 2018 trial date for Edwin Lara. Lara is charged with killing Kaylee Sawyer, 23, of Bend. Lara was working as a security guard at Central Oregon Community College where Sawyer disappeared. Lara is also accused of shooting and wounding a man, carjacking a vehicle in Northern California and kidnapping a woman in Salem, and taking her to California.
Prosecutors are seeking the death sentence.
Lara lived in Honduras until he was 11. He is a legal permanent U.S. resident and a Honduran citizen.