Chang pleads not guilty in Pendleton woman's death

Pendleton, OR - The attorney for a Marine deserter accused of killing a maid in a downtown Pendleton motel says his client will rely on an insanity defense.

The East Oregonian newspaper reports Lukah Chang appeared before a judge Tuesday via video from the county jail where he has been since his Aug. 28 arrest.

Attorney L. Kent Fisher entered not guilty pleas on Chang's behalf and said he would use a defense that the 23-year-old suffers from a mental disease or defect.

Chang is charged with murder in the death of 19-year-old Amyjane Brandhagen. The young woman was stabbed in a room she was cleaning last year.

Chang also faces an attempted murder charge in connection with last month's beating of a woman on a jogging path.

District Attorney Dan Primus told the court his office provided the defense with 433 pages of discovery and 12 CDs and DVDs containing police interviews with Chang.