Marine deserter linked to murder, assault pleads not guilty

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.