Accused Heichel killer to change plea

Accused Heichel killer to change plea

Accused Heichel killer to change plea

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Posted on June 21, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 21 at 11:40 AM

OREGON CITY, Ore. -- Jonathan Holt, accused of murdering Gresham neighbor Whitney Heichel last fall, has asked for a court date to change his plea of not guilty.

Heichel was sexually abused then shot, her body left hidden on Larch Mountain.

Holt was charged with six counts of aggravated murder, kidnapping, sex abuse and robbery. His trial had been scheduled for spring 2014. He now has the plea change hearing scheduled for July 2.

A probable cause document from shortly after his arrest said Holt told investigators he waited outside Heichel's Gresham apartment on October 16 and asked her for a ride.

Then, just five minutes into the ride, he pointed a gun at Whitney and forced her to drive to Roslyn Lake, where he sexually assaulted her and then shot her.

Timeline: The search of Whitney Heichel

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