The 86-year-old La Pine-area man accused of murdering his wife in January entered a not guilty plea on Tuesday.
Lawrence Loeffler, in a wheelchair and using an oxygen tank to breathe, appeared by video from the Deschutes County jail, where he's being held without bail.
Law enforcement authorities allege that Loeffler on Jan. 28 fired two shots at his wife of 39 years, 83-year-old Betty Jane Loeffler, with a .25-caliber Beretta. He then called 911 to report that she was dead on the back porch of their home, at 15953 Old Mill Road outside the La Pine city limits.
Loeffler's attorney, Jacques DeKalb, entered a not guilty plea on behalf of his client and asked for a scheduling conference with Judge A. Michael Adler to set a trial date. The scheduling conference is expected to take place at 8:30 a.m. April 9.
— Bulletin staff reports