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Owen pleads not guilty to multiple charges in death of Byron Hilands, whose body was found May 7.

The body of a man found at a residence on Bear Drive between Madras and Metolius has been identified as Byron Hilands, the owner of the property.

His name was included in an indictment against his former girlfriend, Charina Jeanette Owen, 36, who pleaded not guilty to five charges related to the death in Jefferson County Circuit Thursday, June 11. Owen appeared by video from the Jefferson County Correctional Facility with her attorney, David Glenn, by her side.

Owen, also known as Charina Mathews, was charged by a grand jury with second-degree murder, unlawful use of a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, and second-degree abuse of a corpse and first-degree burglary.

The indictment accuses Owen of killing Hilands with a firearm between Feb. 1 and May 7. It further alleges that Owen abused Hilands' corpse during that same date range. The burglary charge accuses Owen of entering Hilands' residence between March 13 and May 7, intending to abuse his corpse.

His body was found May 7 in a refrigerator that didn't have power.

Prosecutors are also seeking a revocation of Owen's probation. Her attorney, David Glenn, said the waive the hearing on that motion.

Judge Annette Hillman asked Owen if she understood.

"I'm not understanding much at this point," she said.

Hillman directed Glenn to consult with Owen and report back Monday.


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