PORTLAND, Ore. -- A man accused of killing an Oregon barista told police he fatally shot the woman after kidnapping her and forcing her to perform a sex act, according to a police affidavit.
The document containing the statement by suspect Jonathan Holt was released late Monday after his court appearance on seven counts of aggravated murder in the death of Whitney Heichel.
Though there was only one victim, Oregon law allows prosecutors to give jurors options for convicting a person by presenting multiple counts, each pegged to an aggravating factor such as robbery or sexual assault, that could lead to the death penalty.
Holt, who will have a public defender assigned to his case, did not enter a plea during the brief appearance by video.
Heichel, 21, of Gresham disappeared Oct. 16 after leaving for her 7 a.m. shift at a nearby coffee shop. Her Ford Explorer, with the passenger side window smashed, was found at a Walmart six hours later, triggering an investigation that ended with the Friday night discovery of her body on Larch Mountain, east of Gresham.
Holt and his wife lived in the same apartment complex as Heichel and her husband. The couples were acquaintances and members of the same Jehovah's Witness church.
The two-paragraph affidavit states that Holt told Oregon State Police Sgt. Jon Harrington that he waited outside Heichel's apartment and asked for a ride as she was leaving for work.
Minutes into the drive, he pulled a handgun and told her to drive to Roslyn Lake, the document says.
Holt then forced Heichel to perform oral sex before fatally shooting her, the affidavit states, adding that Holt disposed of his cellphone at the lake before driving to the mountain to conceal the body.
Heichel was shot four times. A report from the state crime lab said swabs from the steering wheel of the SUV revealed a male DNA profile consistent with that of Holt.
Holt, who wore an anti-suicide garment and cried during his video court appearance, remained held without bail in the Clackamas County Jail.
This department of motor vehicles image provided by the City of Gresham, Ore., shows Whitney Heichel. Police said Friday Oct. 19, 2012, that children playing outside an apartment complex have found the cellphone of Heichel, an Oregon woman who vanished three days ago under suspicious circumstances. Authorities said the phone will be examined Friday for clues about what happened to Heichel after she failed to show up for work Tuesday morning.(AP Photo/DMV via City of Gresham)
This image provided by the Multnomah County Sheriff's office shows the booking photo for Jonathan Daniel Holt taken early Saturday Oct. 20, 2012. Holt, 24, of Gresham, Oregon, a resident of the apartment complex where Whitney Heichel lived with her husband, was arrested for investigation of aggravated murder Friday night, about the same time her body was found on Larch Mountain, east of Gresham. He was scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Clackamas County. (AP Photo/Multnomah County Sheriff)
Clint Heichel, husband of Whitney Heichel, 21, of Gresham, Ore., breaks down as he attempts to speak at a press conference Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 in the council chambers for the City of Gresham. Police say children playing outside an apartment complex have found the cellphone of Whitney Heichel, who vanished three days ago under suspicious circumstances. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Brent Wojahn)
Clint Heichel, husband of Whitney Heichel, 21, Gresham, who is the subject of a suspicious disappearance case in Gresham listens at a press conference in the council chambers for the City of Gresham Thursday Oct. 18, 2012.(AP Photo/Brent Wojahn, The Oregonian)
Lorilei Ritmiller, mother of Whitney Heichel, 21, Gresham, who is the subject of a suspicious disappearance case in Gresham speaks at a press conference in the council chambers for the City of Gresham Thursday Oct. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Brent Wojahn, The Oregonian) LINK
Clint Heichel and Lorilei Ritmiller
GRESHAM, OREGON - October 18, 2012 - Clint Heichel gets a hug from Lorilei Ritmiller, mother of Whitney Heichel, as he breaks down after he attempted to speak at a news conference Thursday Oct. 18, 2012 in the council chambers for the City of Gresham. (AP Photo/Brent Wojahn, The Oregonian)