Prosecutors to seek death penalty for Oregon man accused of murd - KPTV - FOX 12

Prosecutors to seek death penalty for Oregon man accused of murder

Posted: Updated:
Edwin Lara (Courtesy: Deschutes County) Edwin Lara (Courtesy: Deschutes County)
BEND, OR (AP) -

Officials say the state will seek a sentence of death against a Redmond man charged with killing a woman whose body was found near an Oregon highway.

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said in a news release that he informed the court of the state's intention on Wednesday. Edwin Lara is charged with murder in the July death of 23-year-old Kaylee Sawyer.

Authorities say Lara, a security officer at Central Oregon Community College, kidnapped and tried to sexually assault Sawyer as she took a late-night walk near campus and then killed her to cover up his crimes.

Hummel says he made the decision after considering the facts of the case and with input from Kaylee Sawyer's family, law enforcement and the requirements of the law.

The trial is set to begin October 10, 2017.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by Frankly
FOX 12
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation, Portland, OR . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.