Skeen Returned, Charged With Murder

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Thu, February 28 2013 at 4:37 PM, Updated: Thu, February 28 2013 at 4:54 PM

A suspect in a recent homicide has been returned to Klamath County to face murder charges.

34 year old Zane Sterling Skeen was arraigned this afternoon on a charge of murder.

Skeen is accused of killing 65 year old Larry Wayne Clark, who was found dead at his Lindley Way home on the 12th of this month.

Skeen was arrested February 10th following a high-speed chase that began in Arizona, and ended with a crash in Utah.

The car belonged to the former wife of the murder victim...she has yet to be linked to this case any other way.

Zane Skeen had lived next door to Larry Wayne Clark.

Skeen was wanted on multiple warrants for burglary, theft, menacing, and for failing to report as a sex offender.

Skeen's criminal history includes a conviction in 1999 for 3 counts of second-degree rape...Skeen was sentenced to 19 months in prison as part of a plea agreement.

For now, Skeen is represented by Klamath Falls attorney Phil Studenberg.   Skeen is being held without bail.

Investigators still aren't talking about any possible motive behind the killing.

Skeen's next court appearance has been scheduled for March 7th.

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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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