BEND, OR -- A Deschutes County judge had harsh words for District Attorney John Hummel, Thursday, regarding his public statements about high profile cases. Hummel recently filed a formal opposition to the gag order, which he says prevents him from speaking with the media or even the victim's family about the Edwin Lara murder case. Lara is charged with attempting to kidnap and sexually assault Kaylee Sawyer before allegedly killing her near COCC in Bend, in July.
Judge Michael Adler says the gag order does not prevent Hummel from updating the Sawyer family, but says Hummel at times has released too much information to the media on evidence in the base. The judge says Hummel is allowed to release whether he plans to seek the death penalty, but advised him to be careful in what he says.
The judge also reiterated that Lara's trial will begin October 10, 2017, despite a request by the defense to push it back.