Police: Stivahtis killed aunt during robbery

Teddy Stivahtis, Jr., 36, faces federal bank robbery charge

FBI once offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Teddy Stivahtis, Jr. (FBI)
FBI once offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Teddy Stivahtis, Jr. (FBI)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Teddy Stivahtis, Jr., 36, pleaded not guilty Monday to a single count of aggravated murder.

If convicted, a jury could sentence him to death.

Teddy Stivahtis, 36, in a court appearance on bank robbery charges. He is also the suspect in the killing of his aunt, Deanna Stivahtis, in Gresham. Oct. 24, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Teddy Stivahtis, 36, in a court appearance on bank robbery charges. He is also the suspect in the killing of his aunt, Deanna Stivahtis, in Gresham. Oct. 24, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

According to court records obtained by KOIN 6 News, detectives with the Gresham Police Department believe that Stivahtis was committing and attempted to commit the crime of first-degree robbery and while doing that “personally and intentionally caused the death of Deanna Teddy Stivahtis.”

Police declined to release details about the robbery.

Deanna Stivahtis, 70, was found dead Oct. 11 inside her home at the Bellacres Mobile Estates.

Stivahtis has been named the suspect in two bank robberies. Police said both occurred while he was hiding from law enforcement.

Stivahtis was in court Oct. 17 where he pleaded not guilty to claims he stole his father’s vehicle.

A grand jury is scheduled to convene to review evidence in the case. Stivahtis will be back in court Nov. 4.

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