A Deschutes County woman found dead on her property near Sisters last week had no known relationship with the man arrested and accused of her murder, prosecutors said Monday.
Alexander Mark Smith, 22, of Redmond will be arraigned Monday afternoon, the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office said. The case will be presented to a grand jury later this week.
Tina Klein-Lewis, 55, was found dead on her property last Tuesday in the 67400 block of Cloverdale Road, a few miles east of Sisters. The DA’s office said she was found in the bucket of a tractor by her boyfriend.
Deputies arrested Smith on Friday. The DA’s office said deputies were called for a welfare check in the 16300 block of Jordan Road, between Sisters and where Klein-Lewis’ body was found.
The person who called said they found Smith on an adjacent property and that Smith asked the person to call medics because he had infected feet, the DA’s office said. Deputies then arrested him on second-degree murder and other charges.
No other details were immediately available explaining how deputies connected Smith to the Klein-Lewis murder. But the DA’s office said there was no known relationship between the two.
“By all accounts, Tina Klein-Lewis was a loving, kind, and gentle person. She leaves behind many people who loved her. Tina Klein-Lewis’ absence creates a void in our community,” Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummell said in a statement. “My colleagues and I in the District Attorney’s Office, in partnership with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office are giving this investigation our full attention and we will ensure that justice is done.”
Smith is a 2018 graduate of Redmond High School was a student at Oregon State University, the DA’s Office said.
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