LA GRANDE — The murder trial of Ronald Lee is underway in Union County Circuit Court, more than three years after his arrest for the slaying of his ex-wife, Loretta Williams.

Union County District Attorney Kelsie McDaniel opened her case against Lee the afternoon of Thursday, July 14. The state has charged him with one count of second-degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder. The 74-year-old Lee has pleaded not guilty to both charges and remains in the Union County Jail.

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Isabella Crowley is a reporter for The Observer. Contact her at 541-624-6014 or

Isabella Crowley is a reporter for The Observer. Contact her at 541-624-6014 or

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