Edwin Lara waives extradition in Kaylee Sawyer murder

Lara is accused of killing Kaylee Sawyer in Bend on July 24

Edwin Lara in a booking photo from Tehama County.

YREKA, Cali. (KOIN) – The man accused of murdering Kaylee Sawyer has waived extradition and is expected to be transferred back to Oregon where he will face charges of aggravated murder.

Edwin Lara’s timeline

Court records in California show that Edwin Lara appeared in Siskiyou County Superior Court on Tuesday and waived his right to an extradition hearing.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office said it could not comment on any matters regarding the transportation of an inmate for security reasons.

On Aug. 12, a Deschutes County grand jury filed a four count indictment charging Lara with the aggravated murder of Sawyer.

Medical examiners confirmed a body found off Highway 126 was that off Kaylee Sawyer. July 28, 2016. (Tamara S Stringham via Facebook)
Medical examiners confirmed a body found off Highway 126 was that off Kaylee Sawyer. July 28, 2016. (Tamara S Stringham via Facebook)

The indictment alleges Lara kidnapped and then attempted to sexually abuse Sawyer before killing her. He told his wife, a police officer, that he hit and killed Sawyer while working at Oregon Central Community College. The indictment shows prosecutors presented evidence to the grand jury that counters Lara’s claim.

In a statement earlier this week, Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said Lara will likely be returned to Oregon within the next three weeks.

When he is brought back to Oregon, Lara will be arraigned in Deschutes County Circuit Court.

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