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Triple-Murder Suspect Oen Nicholson In Wisconsin Police Custody, Could Fight Extradition

Coos County DA

The search is over for triple-murder suspect Oen Nicholson, whose actions terrified the North Bend and Lane County communities Friday. 

Early Sunday morning, Oregon authorities got word that 30 year-old Oen Nicholson had surrendered to Wisconsin law enforcement in Milwaukee. This follows a roughly two-day manhunt involving a dozen Oregon agencies, after Nicholson allegedly shot two people including his father, and ran over an elderly couple, killing the husband and leaving the wife in critical condition.

Credit North Bend Police Facebook Page
(From left to right:) North Bend Mayor Jessica Engelke, Coos County DA Paul Frasier, and North Bend PD Chief Robert Kappelman at Sunday morning's conference.

At a Sunday news conference, Coos County DA Paul Frasier said Nicholson faces 10 charges, including multiple murder counts.

“He can contest extradition and require that I submit paperwork to the governor of Oregon, requesting that she issue a governor’s warrant and send it to the governor of Wisconsin, requesting release Mr. Nicholson into our custody,” said Frasier.

It’s unknown if Nicholson will fight extradition.  Meanwhile, security on Nicholson’s arrest warrant was set at $7 million.

North Bend Mayor Jessica Engelke also spoke at the conference, expressing gratitude for the agencies who worked on the case, and condolences for the town.

“We are all left incredibly shakened,” she said. “This is something that you hope never happens in your community, in the town that you call home.”

The victims killed in North Bend are Nicholson’s father, 83 year-old Charles Simms Nicholson;  Anthony Oyster, 74; and Jennifer Davidson, 47.  Oyster was run over by Nicholson in a pickup stolen from his slain father, while Davidson was found shot to death in the Herbal Choices Marijuana Dispensary.

73-year-old Linda Oyster was in the same hit-and-run incident with her husband, Anthony Oyster. The Coos County DA says she remains hospitalized at Riverbend in critical condition. 

Credit Springfield PD
Laura Johnson, reported missing on June 18th but confirmed safe earlier today.

Springfield Police have also confirmed that a local woman, Laura Johnson, encountered Nicholas during her lunch break last Friday.  He  forced her to drive 33 hours from Springfield to Milwaukee, where she convinced him to give himself up to authorities.  The SPD says she's unharmed and on her way back to Oregon. 

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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