Klamath Falls teen pleads ‘not guilty’ to murdering grandmother

Klamath Falls, Ore. – A Klamath Falls teen appeared in court Tuesday on charges of murdering his grandmother.

17-year-old Alek Nicholas Wright was indicted by a grand jury Monday on charges of murder and manslaughter.

Police say Alek Wright killed 74-year-old Judith Anne Rose with a knife at her Keno home on New Year’s Eve.

‘Not guilty’ pleas were entered at an arraignment hearing Tuesday afternoon.

The judge ordered Wright held without bail, his next court appearance is scheduled for next week.

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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