NORTH BEND, Ore. – The suspect in three murders in North Bend is still in Wisconsin, and the process of getting Oen Nicholson back to Oregon could be extensive.
According to Lane County District Attorney’s Office senior prosecutor Dave Schwartz, federal and local enforcement agencies are still coordinating and investigating what happened.
The process could take longer than expected because there is potential for federal and state crimes with the case and a joint investigation is underway, Schwartz said.
But according to a local attorney John Kolego, the process may be quicker than expected.
Kolego said the process of extraditing a person across state lines is simple. First, a judge in Wisconsin will work with authorities in Oregon in order to fully understand the charges the suspect is facing. At that point, the suspect can either fight the extradition or simply waive the hearing.
"Usually the attorney will advise them that they should just waive the extradition because they're going to be held anyway and ultimately they're going to be extradited," said Kolego.
Basically, Nicholson could choose to build a case for himself. But Kolego doesn't think this will help Nicholson much.
"I'm sure he's going to get back here pretty quickly," said Kolego.
On top of the six charges of murder in the first degree, Nicholson could also be facing kidnapping charges here in Lane County. He may be more than 1,800 miles away in Wisconsin, but according to Kolego, the murder charges could be enough to bring him back.
"Speaking hypothetically, were he to be convicted of murder in the first degree and given life, Lane County might decide that they don't need to pursue the charges," said Kolego.
In regard to filing these charges against Nicholson, Schwartz said they’re still in the early stages of the case.
"We're still awaiting the results of the investigation," said Schwartz.