Lawyer: Edwin Lara may be eligible for death penalty

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BEND, Ore. (AP) — The attorney for a community college security guard charged with murder in Central Oregon is asking a court to approve a co-counsel, saying he expects the charge to be elevated to aggravated murder, making him eligible for the death penalty.

Kaylee Sawyer in an undated photo released by her family, July 26, 2016

Edwin Lara, who worked at Central Oregon Community College in Bend, is jailed in Northern California as a suspect in a shooting and carjacking in Yreka. He is charged with murder in the death of Kaylee Sawyer, 23, of Bend, whose body was dumped in a small canyon off a highway between the Central Oregon towns of Redmond and Sisters.

In a motion filed on Tuesday, Portland attorney Benjamin Kim asked the Deschutes Circuit County Court to authorize the appointment of Steve Lindsey, also from Portland, as co-counsel.

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