Observer staff

It will be at least another month before Ronald D. Lee enters a plea.

Lee, 71, who has been charged with murder in the November 2018 death of Loretta Williams, will now enter a plea on July 29 after Defense Attorney Dean Gushwa, Lee’s court-appointed representation, requested a motion for continuance to move the hearing.

Gushwa’s request was based on new potential evidence, he told Judge Thomas Powers during a Tuesday hearing at the Union County Courthouse in La Grande.

Union County District
Attorney Kelsie McDaniel did not object to a new
hearing date.

Lee has been lodged in the Union County Jail without bail since his arrest Feb. 21. He is facing charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Williams, whom he was married to until July 2018, according to court records.

The Observer previously reported Williams called 911 at approximately 1:40 a.m. Nov. 17, 2018, to report a man in the backyard of her Cove home. The dispatchers heard her confront the person and then heard a loud noise. Deputies and troopers arrived within minutes and found Williams dead of one or more apparent gunshot wounds.