COQUILLE, Ore. -- Quadruple murder suspect Oen Nicholson pleaded not guilty to 16 different charges Friday afternoon.
The charges include 12 counts of first-degree murder, two counts of failure to perform the duties of a driver to injured persons and two counts of recklessly endangering another person. Despite how the 12 murder charges sound, he is believed to have killed four people.
Nicholson allegedly killed his father, Charles Nicholson, 83, at the RV campground near the Mill Casino in North Bend before he took his father's pickup truck, hit and killed Anthony Oyster, 74, and hit wife Linda Oyster, 73, who later died of her injuries. He then reportedly drove to a nearby marijuana dispensary where police say he shot and killed Jennifer Davidson, 47.
Nicholson appeared in front of the Coos County Grand Jury.
The case has been set for a status conference on Oct. 1. Security is set at $8 million.
KEZI 9 News spoke with a friend of Davidson, who said he is still mourning the loss but is thankful the legal process is moving along. He said he goes by the name Cotton.
"Praise the Lord," Cotton said. "I like the fact that he's coming back to Coos bay and that they've caught him. And that [Jennifer will] have some justice out of this whole thing. And everyone will get some closure because it has affected this whole community."
Nicholson has also been accused of kidnapping a woman from the Cabela's parking lot in Springfield. Authorities said he forced her to drive more than 30 hours to Wisconsin, where he turned himself in.
Charges connected to those crimes have not been filed as of yet. Springfield police released this statement: "Due to the seriousness of the crimes that occurred in Coos County, the Coos County District Attorney’s Office has assumed the lead as the case moves forward."
The Lane County Sheriff's Office expressed similar sentiments.