David Ray Taylor, one member of the trio accused of violently robbing a Lake Oswego man at gunpoint last year, entered a plea of not guilty in Clackamas County Circuit Court on Wednesday.
Taylor was transported to Clackamas County from Lane County, where he faces murder charges in a separate case. He was transported back to Lane County jail immediately after his arraignment at the courthouse in Oregon City, said attorney Bryan Brock of the Clackamas County District Attorneys Office.
Taylor, 57, of Eugene, along with 25-year-old Spensir Lee Mourey of Portland and 35-year-old Toni Jean Baker of Milwaukie, faces charges related to the April 6 robbery of a home on Indian Creek Way, in the Bryant neighborhood.
Taylor and Mourey are accused of shouldering their way into the house, firing a gunshot into a wall and slamming resident George von Bothmer in the face with the butt of a handgun. Von Bothmers daughter and her boyfriend were also at home at the time of the robbery but werent harmed. Von Bothmer was treated at a hospital for injuries he suffered during the holdup.
Taylor was incarcerated for almost three decades for the murder of a Eugene gas station attendant in the 1970s. Hes now also accused in the slaying death of a 22-year-old man who disappeared Aug. 3, months after the home-invasion robbery in Lake Oswego.
Baker and Moureys trials have been pushed back a couple of times, most recently after Moureys attorney filed a motion on his behalf that said more time was needed while he cooperated with the FBI in Eugene.
All three suspects are now scheduled for trial in Clackamas County Circuit Court in May.
A February article in The Register-Guard newspaper noted that court documents indicate Eugene police focused on Taylor after a detective spoke with Lake Oswego police on Aug. 7 about the robbery of von Bothmer. Baker reportedly told investigators she had been a getaway driver for Taylor after a June bank robbery in Creswell.