ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — A man was arrested Tuesday east of Albany after the Linn County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 hang-up call, investigated and discovered his 85-year-old mother had been killed.
Kris Fiala, 54, was arraigned on Wednesday in Linn County Circuit Court on charges of second-degree murder and aggravated harassment in the death of Astrid Gladys Fiala, The Albany Democrat-Herald reported. Judge Brendan Kane ordered Fiala be held at the Linn County Jail without bail, as recommended by prosecutor Richard Wijers.
Defense attorney Kyla Mazhary-Clark had requested $50,000 bail, noting that Fiala had strong ties to the community, had no history of failing to appear in court and was unemployed and receiving no benefits.
The 911 call came in to Linn County dispatch at 10:04 p.m. Tuesday. When dispatch called back, a man answered and a person could be heard yelling in the background for help, according to the sheriff's office.
Deputies responded to the location outside of Lebanon and found Fiala holding a knife. “Deputies detained Kris, who spit blood in a deputy’s face,” according to a statement from the sheriff's office.
Court documents show Fiala has been charged previously with violent crimes against various family members.
A probable cause affidavit for the murder case wasn’t immediately available after Wednesday’s hearing.