- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - A 31-year-old Eastern Oregon man has been jailed on charges of killing a woman who was fatally beaten.

She was identified as 24-year-old Samantha Lee Brown.

Sheriff Terry Rowan of Umatilla County tells the East Oregonian (http://is.gd/5ViVej) that an autopsy shows she died of blunt force trauma to the head. She may have died Sunday or early Monday.

Authorities say Daniel Lee Smith was arrested Monday after a friend of his from Echo, south of Hermiston, reported the killing. Deputies found Brown’s body in a camp trailer where Smith was living.

Smith appeared in court by video on Tuesday. He’s being held on $1 million bail. His attorney delayed entering a plea.


Information from: East Oregonian, http://www.eastoregonian.info



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