Homeless man faces murder charges in connection to the death of a Springfield man

A homeless man pleaded not guilty to murder charges on Friday in connection to a two year old murder investigation.

Posted: Dec. 22, 2017 5:16 PM
Updated: Dec. 22, 2017 5:20 PM

EUGENE, Ore. - A homeless man was arraigned Friday on murder charges.

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Prosecutors said Edward Hughes killed 71-year-old Leonard Johnson in his Springfield apartment over Labor Day weekend in 2015.

Police arrested Hughes in West Eugene Thursday night.

Hughes pleaded not guilty Friday to Johnson's death.

Police said Johnson's body was found inside his Mill Street apartment.

At that time, officials said they had no suspects but, said Johnson had a long criminal history including a rape conviction.

The District Attorney's Office said a Lane County Grand Jury returned an indictment for Hughes before detectives tracked him down and arrested him.

Officials did not say what led investigators to Hughes.

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