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Murder Suspect Arrest Eases Fears

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Tue, April 9 2013 at 4:51 PM, Updated: Tue, April 9 2013 at 4:58 PM

A Klamath Falls woman that witnessed a grisly fatal shooting says she's relieved that the suspected gunman is now behind bars.

The process is now underway to have Leland Thomas Nicholson returned to Oregon to face murder charges.

The shooting happened just outside JD Lamb's apartment on Easter Sunday night.

28 year old Terry Entriken died after being shot in the back of the head...36 year old Vanessa Alexander was shot in the face, but survived.

Lamb says she and her three daughters were relieved to learn that suspect Leland Nicholson was arrested Monday in Dos Palos, California...

"We were all so excited that he's behind bars now."  Noted Lamb.  "We can actually - for the first time last night, we actually went outside at night."

Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge says he's gotten approval from the California Governor's office to begin the process of returning Nicholson to Oregon to face charges...

"He hasn't waived extradition, so we're waiting on that - and waiting for the courts to do the business that they have to do down there."

Charges against Nicholson include murder, attempted aggravated murder, and assault.

About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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