Man charged in correctional officer's slaying

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PENDLETON (AP) -- Charging papers indicate an Eastern Oregon correctional officer who stopped to help a stranded motorist ended up in a fatal fight when the stranger tried to take the officer's truck.

Buddy Herron was fatally stabbed late on Nov. 28 en route to his shift at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution.

The documents allege that 22-year-old Joshua Weeks tried to take Herron's Nissan Frontier and stabbed the 42-year-old father of four when Herron objected.

Weeks was arraigned Wednesday in Pendleton on nine counts, including aggravated murder, first-degree robbery, theft of a motor vehicle and attempting to elude police.

Accompanied by his lawyer, Mark Rader, Weeks appeared via video feed from jail before Umatilla County Circuit Judge Lynn Hampton. The Oregonian reports he did not enter a plea. His next court appearance is set Dec. 23.

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