- Associated Press - Friday, March 24, 2017

BEND, Ore. (AP) - The trial of a former community college safety officer accused of killing a 23-year-old woman will remain in Bend.

Deschutes County Judge A. Michael Adler issued the ruling Thursday in response to a change-of-venue request from the defense team representing Edwin Lara.

Adler said an impartial jury can be found despite extensive media coverage of the case in Central Oregon.

The Bulletin newspaper reports (https://is.gd/2zAyg0 ) the judge also ruled against a motion to allow Lara to be unshackled during court proceedings. He will be allowed to have one hand free so he can write notes to his attorneys.

Lara is charged with aggravated murder for allegedly kidnapping, attempting to sexually assault and then killing Kaylee Sawyer on July 24.



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Information from: The Bulletin, https://www.bendbulletin.com

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