Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Thu, April 18 2013 at 4:41 PM, Updated: Thu, April 18 2013 at 4:50 PM
A suspect accused of shooting and killing a man, and shooting a woman in the face Easter Sunday says he's 'not guilty'.
27 year old Leland Thomas Nicholson was arraigned today...
"I'll just plead 'not guilty' right now." Nicholson plead to Judge Roxanne Osborne, who responded: "Okay, not guilty plea is received."
Nicholson was arraigned on murder charges in connection with the death of 28 year old Terry Entriken.
The shooting took place on a rainy Easter Sunday night at an apartment complex on Washburn Way.
Nicholson is also accused of shooting 36 year old Vanessa Alexander in the face, she's still recovering from her injuries.
Nicholson says he wants to represent himself at trial...
"Mister Foltyn will be appointed to act...' 'No, thank you - you know, he dump-trucked me when I was 14 years old - and I don't want that guy nowhere near my case."
Judge Osborne still appointed the attorney to act as Nicholson's advisor.
If convicted, Nicholson could face life in prison, with a minimum 25 year sentence.
Nicholson is being held without bail. He's scheduled to appear in court next Monday before Judge Rodger Isaacson.
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.