Central Oregon DailyPowell Butte murder suspect who led Highway 97 chase pleads not guilty

Powell Butte murder suspect who led Highway 97 chase pleads not guilty

Powell Butte murder suspect who led Highway 97 chase pleads not guilty

Russell Votruba

The man charged with a murder in Powell Butte last spring pleaded not guilty to multiple counts Thursday.

Russell Votruba, 43, is charged with five counts including second degree murder and first degree manslaughter in the killing of killing Christopher Hoffman, 41, on May 7.

The Crook County Sheriff鈥檚 Office said in May that Votruba called 911 and claimed he had killed Hoffman, then took off in Hoffman鈥檚 BMW.

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The Deschutes County Sheriff鈥檚 Office said Votruba and the BMW were spotted in Bend sometime later, leading to a pursuit into Redmond. Votruba was eventually stopped using the Pursuit Immobilization Technique (PIT) maneuver, DCSO said.

Deputies say Votruba was then injured by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. After going to the hospital, he was taken to Crook County Jail.

His next court date isn鈥檛 until Dec. 21.

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