Jonathan Holt's school photo at Parkrose High School.
GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) -
The man accused of shooting and killing 21-year-old Whitney Heichel is facing seven counts of aggravated murder with a firearm.
Court documents released Monday show three of those charges said Jonathan Holt shot and killed her to conceal the crime of sodomy. Four other counts said he did it to conceal the crimes of kidnapping and robbery.
Holt made his first court appearance Monday afternoon. He was arraigned on those charges and is behind bars without bail.
A preliminary hearing in the case is set for Oct. 26.
Holt attended the same church as the Gresham Starbucks barista he is accused of killing, according to a statement from the church released Monday.
He was arrested Friday night around the same time police found Heichel's body on Larch Mountain. Investigators believe Heichel was shot and killed at Roslyn Lake in Clackamas County and her body was dumped on Larch Mountain, according to a law enforcement source.
Autopsy results showed Heichel died of multiple gunshot wounds, the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office said, and that the manner of death was homicide.
"We were completely shocked to find out that Jonathan Holt, an irregular attendee of our meetings, was arrested and would be in any way tied to this case as a suspect," the church statement said. "Jehovah's Witness regard life as precious, a gift from God. We had no indications that would lead us, prior to this event that he would be capable of being involved in what is alleged to have happened."
Holt's arrest was the culmination of an extensive search and investigation that began Tuesday morning when Heichel failed to show up for her 7 a.m. shift at Starbucks.
Investigators said a tip led them to interview Holt on Wednesday. When they brought him in for a second round of questioning, his stories didn't match up, so investigators took fingerprints and a DNA analysis.
Eventually, a crime lab linked him to Heichel's1999 Ford Explorer.
Church leaders said they know "none of the details of what took place after (Heichel's) abduction."
In addition to attending the same church as Heichel, Holt lived in the same apartment complex for the past few months. He went to Parkrose High School, where he graduated in 2006 with a 3.35 GPA.
According to court records, Holt has no criminal history.
At a news conference Friday night, family spokesman Jim Vaughn spoke about Heichel's impact on others.
"She touched everyone she met because she had a beautiful personality. She was warm, she was kind, she was everything you would want in a friend, acquaintance, a relative or a spiritual fellow worshipper," Vaughn said.
Many area coffee shops are donating money to Heichel's family this week. For more information, click here.
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