OREGON CITY, Ore.– A Gresham, Ore., man has made his first court appearance on charges he killed a barista last week during a kidnapping and assault.
The 24-year-old suspect, Jonathan Holt, was a neighbor of Whitney Heichel and a member of her Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation. Holt lived in the same Gresham, Ore., apartment complex where Heichel lived with her husband, Clint.
Heichel disappeared Tuesday. Her body was found Friday in a remote, forested area in Oregon.
According to court documents released Monday, Holt committed kidnapping, sodomy and robbery in the course of killing her. An autopsy shows she died of multiple gunshot wounds.
Holt didn’t enter a plea during a brief appearance by video at the Clackamas County courthouse. He spoke softly, kept his head down and seemed at one point to wipe away tears.
He’s expected to get a court-appointed attorney within three days and return to court Friday.