ST. HELENS, Ore. (KOIN) — Three people were arrested for allegedly hindering prosecution in the investigation into the aggravated murder of Apache Hightower.
A Columbia County grand jury filed the indictments against the 3 on November 3, KOIN 6 News learned.
Shelly M. Edwards, Randall Schwirse and James Brewer Jr. all face charges of hindering prosecution.
The 3 suspects are accused of hiding a vehicle, gun and other physical evidence that may have helped detectives arrest Jesse Allen, Charles Vernon and Stephanie Toney.
Allen, Vernon and Toney have all been separately indicted with the aggravated murder of Hightower.
Court records show Hightower was a witness to a criminal proceeding. Prosecutors claim she was kidnapped, intentionally maimed or tortured and then strangled by both Vernon and Lane.
Edwards also faces one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Schwirse is charged separately with unlawful possession of methamphetamine.
Officials say the investigation into Hightower’s death is ongoing.