Uriah Vargas is accused of killing Melina Ghost on Wednesday of last week by stabbing her in the neck.
Vargas was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday.
A ‘not guilty’ plea was entered Thursday in court.
“Mr. Vargas is appointed an attorney.” Explains Klamath County District Attorney Eve Costello, adding: “Traditionally with these kinds of crimes, say with a murder, it takes about a year or so to get to a negotiation, or to trial.”
Police say Vargas went home after the murder and tried to hide the weapon and clothing he was wearing during the crime.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.