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UPDATED: Alleged axe murderer is known to OR law enforcement

Colby James Hedman’s June 6 mugshot from Umatilla County Jail

UPDATE: Colby James Hedman failed to appear in court on Monday in Umatilla County on his four outstanding misdemeanor warrants. Sixth Circuit Court Administrator Roy Blaine said that a warrant was issued for his arrest when he didn’t show up at his trial readiness hearing.

WALLA WALLA, Washington – Colby James Hedman, 23, of Heppner is alleged to have killed a Walla Walla man with an axe – a crime police say he confessed to committing. He also faces multiple charges, including felonies, in Baker County stemming from the car theft and pursuit during which he was apprehended earlier this week.

He also has been arrested or cited by law enforcement in Morrow, Umatilla, and Wasco counties. Court documents reflect that, most recently, he was due to attend a trial readiness hearing in Umatilla County Monday.

In that action on June 5, Hedman was charged with four misdemeanors. They are interfering with a peace officer; third-degree escape; second-degree criminal trespass at 234 S.W. Fifth St., Pendleton; and second-degree disorderly conduct.

His criminal history begins with a felony charge of coercion in Morrow County in 2015. About two months after that he was charged with second-degree criminal trespass in Morrow County. Hedman faced another felony charge a little over a year later, in Morrow County. Those charges were attempt to commit a felony and criminal trespass in the second degree.

He was picked up and cited for driving while suspended in Wasco County in March 2016. Hedman was then arrested for giving false information to a police officer in Umatilla County in late 2018. He was cited for driving uninsured in Umatilla County in February.

The latest charges against him in Oregon were filed with Baker County Circuit Court Monday. They include two counts of unauthorized use of a vehicle, two counts of second-degree criminal trespass, attempting to elude a police officer, reckless driving, second-degree criminal mischief, and failure to perform the duties of a driver.

Once he is extradited to Walla Walla, he faces charges of murder and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.


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