Trial date pushed back a year in Edwin Lara case

Prosecutors are seeking the death sentence

BEND, Oregon (AP) – A man charged with murdering a woman in 2016 in Central Oregon where he worked as a security guard won’t face trial until late next year.

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

KTVZ reports Deschutes County Circuit Judge Michael Adler on Wednesday. set an Oct. 8, 2018 trial date for Edwin Lara.

Lara is charged with killing Kaylee Sawyer, 23, of Bend. Lara was working as a security guard at Central Oregon Community College where Sawyer disappeared.

Lara is also accused of shooting and wounding a man, carjacking a vehicle in Northern California and kidnapping a woman in Salem, Oregon’s capital, and taking her to California.

Prosecutors are seeking the death sentence.

Lara lived in Honduras until he was 11. He is a legal permanent U.S. resident and a Honduran citizen.