ALBANY, Ore. -- A man accused of killing his wife made his first court appearance on Wednesday, and his aunt talked exclusively with KEZI 9 News about the case.
Craig Lazon, the estranged husband of missing Albany woman Tiffany Lazon, was denied bail on a second-degree murder charge.
Court documents claim Lazon caused Tiffany's death between Dec. 1, 2019, and Jan. 10. Lazon also faces a charge of unlawful possession of methamphetamine from Jan. 15, court documents show.
Lazon's aunt, who wanted to go by Aunt Michelle, said Lazon was never a violent man. She said that Lazon and Tiffany were looking to get a divorce after he was released from prison. They were separated for while before Tiffany went missing. Aunt Michelle said that she just wants Tiffany to be found safe.
"I just don't believe that to be Craig. But I'm just one person. I want Tiffany to be found alive," Aunt Michelle said. "I'm devastated. I'm scared for him. I'm devastated for Tiffany and her family.
Tiffany was last seen in December 2019, and the case was soon determined to be a death investigation.
Police said Lazon was arrested on Tuesday after they recovered a circular saw contaminated with Tiffany's blood and other "bodily tissue."
Investigators learned that Lazon had borrowed the battery-operated tool from a friend and returned it days later. The owner reached out to police and turned over the saw.
Lazon was a person of interest in the case from the start. He also faces charges of second-degree animal neglect and animal abandonment, involving Tiffany's cat.
He is scheduled to be back in court on Feb. 18 at 8:30 a.m.