Murder suspect Edwin Lara has reportedly agreed to plead guilty to killing Central Oregon Community College co-ed Kaylee Sawyer in the summer of 2016. Sawyer, 23, went missing as she was walking home after a spat with her boyfriend. It’s believed that accused murderer Edwin Lara, 32, a community college campus police officer, came in contact with her, eventually assaulted and raped her. Then he killed her – dumping her body off an embankment along Highway 126 about ten miles west of Redmond.
Lara came home to his wife and confessed he had “accidentally hit and killed a young woman with his car.” He then took off for California where he kidnapped another woman. Meanwhile Lara’s wife, a Bend police recruit at the time, called police and told them what her husband had told her. Lara was finally apprehended by local police and highway patrol officers on Interstate 5 several miles south of Red Bluff, CA.
Lara was returned to Bend where he’s been held in the Deschutes County Jail since his capture.
Lara’s proposed plea deal to avoid being put to death was revealed by Kaylee Sawyer’s mother on her Facebook page. The judge has prohibited any outside-the-courtroom statements pending final resolution of the case. Lara is expected to be back in court January 22nd to enter his guilty plea. District Attorney John Hummel had originally sought the death penalty.