Oregon man pleads not guilty in relative’s death

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man accused of killing his relative during a fight has pleaded not guilty.

The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports that 45-year-old Chad Cheever entered the plea Monday in Linn County Circuit Court to charges of murder by abuse and second-degree assault.

Cheever was indicted in December in the death of 60-year-old Don Whisenhunt.

Court documents say the Tangent-area farm mechanic died in September following massive injuries stemming from a fight with Cheever, who is the nephew of Whisenhunt’s ex-wife.

Cheever was initially charged with manslaughter and second-degree assault following the death.

Judge Daniel Murphy ordered Cheever to be held in the Linn County Jail without bail.

Cheever’s next hearing is scheduled for Jan. 25.