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EUGENE, Ore. -- David Bowen was formally charged with murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence Monday after investigators say they found his ex-girlfriend dead.
Law enforcement arrested Bowen as a suspect in the death of Tammy Borda, a Beaverton woman who went missing in early December.
David Bowen faces 25 years to life for the crimes, however his attorney Elizabeth Baker said he was defending himself.
"He's got a claim of self defense which we intend to proceed," said Baker. "Obviously a couple of these counts, we'd like to do away with fairly quickly and the case has a long way to go."
After his arraignment Monday morning, Baker said she hopes to focus her attention on Bowen's most serious charge - murder.
Borda was reported missing December 2 following a Thanksgiving visit to Lane County.
Friends indicated the relationship between the victim and the suspect was abusive, but Bowen's attorney believes otherwise.
"When she was in Portland, she was calling him daily at a neighbor's phone, he was calling her, so they were having an active relationship to my knowledge," said Bowen's defense attorney Elizabeth Baker. "I don't think it was the relationship that maybe has been previously understood which was abusive in nature."
His trial has been assigned to Lane County circuit judge Charles Carlson.