Angela Rose McCraw-Hester was arraigned Thursday afternoon in 6th District Court in Pocatello on murder charges. Oregon Detectives arrested McCraw-Hester in Pocatello Wednesday for the murder of Gresham, Oregon resident Annastasia Hester.
In court, McCraw-Hester was told she had the right to challenge extradition back to Oregon. Hester waived that right and said, “I just want to get this over with.”
Matthew Hester’s bail was set at $5,000. His family talked to Erin O’Shaughnessy off camera and said they will post his bail and are happy to have him back with family.
Erin O’Shaughnessy is following the story today and will have more details coming up on Local News 8 at 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and on KIDK Eyewitness News 3 at 9 p.m.
McCraw-Hester is the current spouse of Annastasia’s ex-husband, Matthew Hester.Matthew has been arrested for resisting and obstructing.
Armed with search warrants and an arrest warrant for McCraw-Hester, Detectives with Oregon’s East County Major Crimes Team traveled to Idaho earlier this week to continue the 2016 murder investigation.
McCraw-Hester was taken into custody as detectives executed a search warrant at her home in the 2000 block of Monte Vista Drive, Pocatello, Idaho.
McCraw-Hester is currently lodged at the Bannock County Jail on a murder charge, awaiting extradition to Oregon.
“Getting to this point in the investigation would not have been possible without assistance from! the Pocatello Police Department, U.S. Marshals’ Fugitive Task Force, Oregon State Police, Oregon Department of Justice, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, and Bannock County District Attorney’s Office,” said Gresham detective Aaron Turnage. “Combing through mounds of evidence takes time and a lot of help from people dedicated to bringing justice and closure to a horrific event.”
In the early morning hours of June 10, 2016, police and medical personnel responded to the 100 block of S.W. Eastman Parkway, Gresham, for the report of a stabbing. Annastasia Hester had suffered multiple stab wounds and was transported to an area hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries.
“Since the beginning of this investigation, detectives with the East County Major Crimes Team have worked tirelessly to identify Annastasia’s killer,” Detective Turnage said. “From processing evidence to following clues that ultimately led us to Ida ho, we’re thankful to reach this point and hope Annastasia’s family can experience some closure.”
This is an ongoing investigation, so Pocatello Police will not be releasing further information.