Arraignment for suspected serial killer Warren Forrest, who’s accused in the slaying of 17-year-old Martha Morrison in the 1970s, was set over Friday to Feb. 7.
The 70-year-old is facing a charge of first-degree murder in Clark County Superior Court in the Portland girl’s 1974 death. Her remains were found Oct. 12 of that year, by a member of a hunting party in a densely wooded area in Dole Valley. However, the body was not identified until July 2015.
That same year, investigators had a breakthrough in the cold case when blood found on an air pistol Forrest used to torture another woman in 1974 was identified as Morrison’s.
On Friday, Forrest’s Vancouver attorney, Sean Downs, asked to waive speedy arraignment because he wants to review some information before his client is formally charged. Judge Daniel Stahnke granted the request.
Forrest politely answered the judge’s questions about waiving speedy arraignment with, “Yes, sir.” He will remain in the Clark County Jail on $5 million bail.