Man who killed woman at Salem hotel pleads guilty to murder, abuse of corpse

Cody Roy Hilliard, jail booking photo. Scene photo of homicide investigation at Days Inn Black Bear Inn in Salem. (KPTV)


SALEM, OR (KPTV) - A man who killed a woman at a hotel in Salem pleaded guilty Friday to charges of murder and abuse of a corpse.

Cody Hilliard, 27, was arrested in March 2018.

Police responded to the Days Inn Black Bear Inn on the 1600 block of Motor Court Northeast on March 6. The body of 38-year-old Kim Cheen Low was found in a hotel room.

Low’s death was ruled a homicide.

Hilliard was stopped and arrested the next day as he was driving on Interstate 5 near Eugene.

Salem detectives worked with the Independence Police Department to identify Hilliard as the suspect. The Statesman Journal reports Hilliard has a long criminal history, had a warrant for his arrest at the time of the murder and entered Low’s hotel room with the intent to rob and kill her.

He was indicted by a grand jury on multiple charges that initially also included burglary and unlawful use of a vehicle.

After pleading guilty to aggravated murder and abuse of a corpse Friday, the sentencing phase for Hilliard was scheduled for August.

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