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January 15, 2015 at 11:35 AM

Court records reveal new details in Portland hotel homicide

The Associated Press

PORTLAND — New court records show detectives used phone records to track down the Washington man accused of killing an escort last month at a Portland hotel.

Search warrant affidavits filed in Seattle and obtained by The Oregonian show Tae Bum Yoon exchanged more than 25 text messages with Ashley Benson on Christmas, and called her twice. The records indicate he arrived at the hotel Christmas night and got a room where Benson had gone to meet a man.

The records show Benson and Yoon had met before, and had some type of disagreement over money owed.

Benson’s body was clothed when it was found just inside a stairwell door. The affidavit says a medical examiner believes Benson’s attacker strangled her.

Yoon, of Bellevue, has pleaded not guilty to murder.

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