Mark Beebout is accused of killing 32-year-old Nikayla Powell in her apartment at Southeast 14th and Belmont in Portland earlier this month. They met in a homeless outreach program where Powell volunteered.
Beebout, 39, pleaded not guilty to murder, theft, credit card fraud, tampering with evidence and unauthorized use of a vehicle. He's due back in court next Tuesday.
Neighbors called police reporting a foul odor. Police found her decomposing body on July 10th. Powell's family had not heard from her in a week.
Beebout is a convicted sex offender. He was staying at Powell's apartment for a few days. He was found in Seattle her with car, dog and credit cards.
Her friends are holding a vigil in her honor tonight at 6:00 at Laurelhurst Park.