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Man Charged With Murder For Murdering Girlfriend in Echo, Oregon

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Daniel Lee Smith, 30, is in the Umatilla County Jail accused of murdering his girlfriend. Daniel Lee Smith, 30, is in the Umatilla County Jail accused of murdering his girlfriend.
UPDATE/ECHO, OR -  A 31-year-old Eastern Oregon man has been jailed on charges of killing a woman who was fatally beaten.
    
She was identified as 24-year-old Samantha Lee Brown.
    
Sheriff Terry Rowan of Umatilla County says that an autopsy shows she died of blunt force trauma to the head. She may have died Sunday or early Monday.
    
Authorities say Daniel Lee Smith was arrested Monday after a friend of his from Echo, south of Hermiston, reported the killing. Deputies found Brown's body in a camp trailer where Smith was living.
    
Smith appeared in court by video on Tuesday. He's being held on $1 million bail. His attorney delayed entering a plea.

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ECHO, OR - A 30-year-old man is in the Umatilla County Jail in Pendleton accused of murdering his girlfriend.

Daniel Lee Smith is on $1 million bail, accused of murdering Samantha Lee Brown. Umatilla County Sheriff's deputies first took Smith in for questioning Monday after a man called 911 and told them Smith said he had killed his girlfriend. Investigators also found Brown's body at the home where Smith was staying in Echo.

Umatilla County District Attorney Dan Primus on Tuesday arraigned Smith on one charge of murder.

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