Belander appears in court
Damian Bradley Belander, arrested in April for the murder of Newberg resident Brian Bodle, faced an extradition hearing last week.
Belander, 22, appeared via video conference and was not physically in court. The Dayton resident's only comment was "Yes, your honor" when Yamhill County Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Easterday asked him a question. He was on screen for less than 10 minutes.
Easterday explained that Belander was under the county's jurisdiction for charges other than his alleged murder of Bodle. Belander did not waive extradition and, with time, will be transported to Skamania County, Wash., to face a pair of murder charges in the January death of the Newberg man.
Belander's next extradition hearing is set for May 23. He will also be in court on Thursday for a trial readiness hearing on the Yamhill County charges. His defense counsel, McMinnville attorney Alicia Kay Eagan, is in the discovery phase of the process and may file another motion on his behalf.
Belander remains in jail on nearly 20 charges in Yamhill County, which include several counts of first-degree robbery, second-degree kidnapping, unlawful use of a weapon, recklessly endangering another person and several other charges, including misdemeanors. These charges stem from an incident Jan. 21.
The murder charges in Washington came about after Bodle was identified by the sheriff's office as the man found dead on Jan. 24 near a burned minivan near the junction of two U.S. Forest Service roads approximately six miles east of Cougar, Wash.
Belander has been charged with second-degree murder and felony murder, both felonies that are punishable with life in prison and hefty fines. He was arrested on a warrant issued in mid-March that stated he was a fugitive from justice in Washington that was found in Yamhill County.
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