Jonathan Holt, Whitney Heichel's Murder Suspect, Confessed To Having Child Porn: Police

10/28/2012 10:06 am ET | Updated Oct 29, 2012

An Oregon man charged in the Oct. 16 rape and murder of a 21-year-old barista told police that he had child pornography in a bizarre confession unrelated to his alleged killing.

Police told ABC News that Jonathan Holt, 24, who's accused of sexually assaulting and shooting 21-year-old Whitney Heichel to death, not only admitted to the killing but copped to downloading child pornography.

Heichel was reported missing on Tuesday morning when she didn't show up for her shift at Starbucks. At the same time, Holt's wife couldn't find him, according to police reports obtained by the Associated Press. Holt reportedly changed his story several times when interviewed by detectives, but eventually gave a confession.

Holt, who lived in the same apartment complex as Heichel, allegedly waited outside her apartment at 7 a.m. the morning of the incident and asked her for a ride. A few minutes into the drive, Holt reportedly brandished a gun and forced her to perform oral sex on him at a lake.

Holt cried in court on Monday as a Clackamas County Circuit Court judge told him he faces the death penalty if convicted.

Further details about Holt's alleged child pornography possession are currently unavailable.

Heichel and her husband were also acquainted with Holt through a Jehovah's Witness church that they all attended.

Whitney Heichel

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