Marine deserter linked to murder, assault pleads not guilty
PENDLETON, Ore. -- A marine deserter pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, attempted murder and assault Tuesday morning in a Umatilla County courtroom.
Lukah Chang's DNA was tied to a murder at the Travelodge Motel last summer and the attack of a woman on the Pendleton River Walk.
Police arrested him last month after a two-and-half-hour search of the Pendleton Convention Center.
Officers and K-9 units eventually found Chang hiding in the ceiling in a duct area between the second and third floors.
Police said they believe Chang had been hiding in the convention center for about a week.
Chang previously went by the alias Danny Wu. He will be back in front of a judge later this month.
Lange, 53, remains hospitalized in Portland after police said Chang beat her on the head with a piece of galvanized pipe on Aug. 9.
Roberts said DNA evidence on the pipe matched DNA from a knife at last year's killing of 19-year-old Amyjane Brandhagen.
She was stabbed to death at at her job in a hotel across the street from Pendleton's City Hall.