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Oregon to seek death penalty for man accused of kidnapping, killing 23-year-old woman

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Officials say the state will seek a sentence of death against a Redmond man charged with killing a woman whose body was found near an Oregon highway.

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said in a news release that he informed the court of the state’s intention on Wednesday. Edwin Lara is charged with murder in the July death of 23-year-old Kaylee Sawyer.

Authorities say Lara, a security officer at Central Oregon Community College, kidnapped and tried to sexually assault Sawyer as she took a late-night walk near campus and then killed her to cover up his crimes.

Hummel says he made the decision after considering the facts of the case and with input of Kaylee Sawyer’s family, law enforcement and the requirements of the law.

The trial is set to begin October 10, 2017.