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North Bend murder suspect now facing kidnapping charges

While the kidnapping allegedly happened in Lane County, the charges are being filed in Coos County and could be consolidated with the murder case.

Posted: Oct 8, 2021 2:58 PM

NORTH BEND, Ore. – A man accused of murdering four people in North Bend this summer is now officially facing kidnapping charges.

Oen Nicholson, who was extradited to Oregon from Wisconsin in August, allegedly forced a Springfield woman to drive him across the country after he killed three people and critically injured a fourth, who later died.

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The kidnapping charges were filed as a separate case in Coos County, and the state is filing a motion to consolidate the murder and kidnapping cases.

On July 18, Nicholson allegedly killed his father, Charles Nicholson, 83, at the RV campground near the Mill Casino in North Bend. He then allegedly took his father's pickup truck, hit and killed Anthony Oyster, 74, and hit wife Linda Oyster, 73, who later died of her injuries. He then reportedly drove to a nearby marijuana dispensary where police say he shot and killed Jennifer Davidson, 47.

RELATED: OEN NICHOLSON PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN COOS COUNTY COURT

That’s when police say he made his way along Highway 126, but it’s not known how he made his way to Springfield after he crashed the truck near Noti.

Laura Johnson, 34, went missing from the Cabela’s parking lot on Gateway Street in Springfield while on her lunch break, and police say over the many, many miles she drove Nicholson, she convinced him to turn himself in to Wisconsin authorities.

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