BEND, Ore. (KOIN) — Edwin Lara made his first appearance in Oregon court Thursday afternoon, where he plead not guilty to charges connected to the alleged kidnapping and murder of 23-year-old Kaylee Sawyer.
The former community college public safety officer arrived back in Oregon Wednesday after being arraigned on a number of other related charges in California.
Lara was quiet during a very quick Oregon arraignment. His attorney entered the not guilty plea on his behalf. His next court appearance is scheduled for September 28.
Kaylee Sawyer’s supporters filled the courtroom for the arraignment.
“We are here to represent here and her family, and we will be here as long as necessary to follow the proceedings,” one of her friends, Debra McFarland, said. “It’s mainly because Kaylee is such a beautiful and talkative young lady. It’s not just a loss for her family, it’s a loss for the community.”
Court records show Lara allegedly attempted to sexually assault Sawyer before he rammed her with his car, dumped her body and fled.
He is charged with 4 counts of aggravated murder in Deschutes County.
Earlier this month he pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted kidnapping, murder, carjacking and assault with a firearm related to his alleged crime spree in Siskiyou County, California following Sawyer’s murder.