Ray pleads not guilty to killing, dismembering boyfriend

November 22, 2016 GMT

A Klamath Falls woman accused of killing her boyfriend and attempting to conceal his remains has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, first-degree abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.

Sheyanna Lisa Ray, 26, appeared in court Monday following her arrest Nov. 13 in Redding, Calif., for the death of David Lowell White, 50.

White’s remains were discovered Nov. 12 at his residence on the 2400 block of Orchard Avenue after police received a tip he may have been deceased. White was killed sometime since the beginning of November and an autopsy Wednesday confirmed he died of “homicidal violence.”

Prosecutors allege Ray dismembered White’s body in an attempt to hide his remains and avoid prosecution. They have not commented on Ray’s relationship to the victim or a potential motive but White’s parents told Herald and News the two were “a couple” and were living together for roughly three months before White’s death.

Following Ray’s arrest in California she was given an opportunity Wednesday to challenge extradition back to Klamath Falls, but waived her right to do so and was booked Friday into the Klamath County Jail.

Attorney Phil Studenberg has been appointed to represent Ray and on Monday told the court he has begun the process of receiving evidence and documentation from prosecutors. Studenberg said he’d had a chance to speak with his client after her return to Klamath Falls and has advised her to make no statements about the case due to the severity of the charges.

Attorney Alycia Kersey, who is representing Ray in a separate case from earlier this year regarding DUII and attempt to elude, will serve as co-counsel.

Ray’s new case has been assigned to Judge Andrea Janney. Ray remains held without bail and, if found guilty, faces between 25 years and life in prison.