Battles was accused of torching the 2000 Mercedes Benz driven by Christopher Goodson, 22, of San Diego, California, who was charged with criminally negligent homicide and other crimes in connection with the hit-and-run death of 41-year old Bend resident Kimberly Ann Potter on April 17. Battles is scheduled to stand trial for second-degree arson in February, and was released from jail on bail.
An investigation into the hit-and-run, a crime scene described by Bend Police Captain Jim Porter as “horrific”, ultimately led to the arrest of Battles; Christopher Goodson, the alleged driver; Goodson’s 51-year old father, George Harold Goodson; and Goodson’s stepbrother, Eric Allen Brown, 20. The father was found dead of an overdose of alcohol, sleeping pills and painkillers in the Westward Ho Motel on May 15.
Battles was lodged in the Deschutes County Jail and is charged with two counts each of manufacture, possession, and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance; and frequenting a place where illegal drugs are kept or sold.