Judge denies bail in Craigen murder case

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HERMISTON - George West Craigen, the man accused of shooting his neighbor, which led to a two-day manhunt with more the 50 law officers searching from Weston to Umapine, will get no bail.

Craigen was arraigned Friday afternoon in Umatilla County Circuit Court in Hermiston on murder charges stemming from the shooting death of Cecil "Rob" Carter.

Circuit Court Judge Daniel Hill set "no bail" for the murder charges; Craigen also had a pre-trial conference on other unrelated charges.

Craigen was extradited to Oregon on Thursday, several weeks after being arrested in Walla Walla on Jan. 1.

Craigen is charged with shooting Carter the morning of Dec. 30 at Carter's plumbing business at County and Prunedale roads.

On Jan. 17, a county grand jury indicted Craigen on nine felony counts, including murder with a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon, five counts of possession of a bomb or explosive and removing or changing the identification number on a handgun, according to an article published in the East Oregonian.

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