New charges in Stivahtis murder case

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)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) – A grand jury has filed new charges against Teddy Stivahtis Jr. who is accused of killing his aunt and then going on a bank robbery crime spree.

Stivahtis Jr. pleaded not guilty to the grand jury indictment Tuesday that charges him with two counts of aggravated murder, three counts of first-degree robbery and one count each of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and second-degree theft.

Detectives with the Portland Police Bureau Robbery Detail arrested Stivahtis Jr. in Southwest Portland last month after a customer recognized him from local media reports.

Gresham police said he killed his 70-year-old aunt inside her mobile home in mid-October.

Police have not released a motive in the alleged crime spree.

The Portland Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigations issued a reward of up to $10,000 for information that led to the arrest and conviction of Stivahtis Jr. after he robbed a bank.

Federal prosecutors have charged him with bank robbery.

His federal case is pending the local case in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

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