GRESHAM, Ore. – The man accused of murdering Whitney Heichel was a member of her church.
Jonathan Holt and Whitney Heichel were members of the same Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall in Gresham, ABC News confirmed.
Holt and Heichel also lived in the same Gresham apartment complex, where Holt lived with his wife.
Holt was moved to the Clackamas County Jail Sunday. He is expected to appear by video in court Monday to face aggravated murder charges.
His parents did not answer the door at their Northeast Portland home Sunday. Their neighbor, Vincent Wilson, said he’s known Holt since he was seven years old.
Wilson said he noticed Holt visiting his parents a week ago.
“Something snapped or something,” Wilson said. "If it’s true, it’s like something that nobody expects of anybody.
Holt grew up in East Portland and attended school in the Parkrose School District. He was married in 2010, KATU News learned. His wife’s Facebook page was taken down shortly after Holt’s arrest.
“I feel for the girl and her family and everything,” Wilson said. “It’s a loss for everybody.”
Holt was transferred from Multnomah County to Clackamas County on Sunday. The case will be prosecuted in the county where the murder took place, police said.