Cottage Grove man arraigned, pleads not guilty to murder charges

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David Bowen - Photo from the Lane County Jail

EUGENE, Ore. -- David Bowen was arraigned from the Lane County Jail on murder charges  Monday as a suspect in the death of a Beaverton woman reported missing in early December.

Law enforcement arrested Bowen Tuesday as a suspect in the death of Tammy Borda, who relatives say was Bowen's ex-girlfriend. He faces charges of murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence.

Bowen plead not guilty to all counts at Monday's arraignment.

Bowen faces 25 years to life for the crimes, however Bowen's attorney Elizabeth Baker said he was defending himself.

"He's got a claim of self defense, which we intend to proceed,” said Baker. “Obviously a couple of these counts, we'd like to do away with fairly quickly and the case has a long way to go."

Borda was reported missing December 2 following a Thanksgiving visit to Lane County.

Friends indicated the relationship between the victim and the suspect was abusive, but Bowen’s attorney believes otherwise.

"When she was in Portland, she was calling him daily at a neighbor’s phone, he was calling her, so they were having an active relationship to my knowledge,” said Bowen’s defense attorney Elizabeth Baker. “I don't think it was the relationship that maybe has been previously understood which was abusive in nature."

Baker hopes to focus her attention on Bowen’s most serious charge. His trial has been assigned to Lane County circuit judge Charles Carlson.  |  Watch KVAL News for more on this story