Police: Lake O murder suspect tied to deadly Kelso stabbing

Police: Lake O murder suspect tied to deadly Kelso stabbing

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by KGW.com and AP Staff

kgw.com

Posted on October 31, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 1 at 2:16 PM

PORTLAND – The murder suspect in the violent stabbing of a Lake Oswego man in September is now being investigated in connection with another murder in Kelso, Wash.

Sources told KGW that Erik John Meiser, 37, is being investigated for the July murder of camper Nick Fickett, 28, who was found stabbed to death inside his tent along the Cowlitz River last July.

"He got killed for the wrong reasons," said Fickett's mother, Ginger Conant.  "Nick is too friendly, too nice of a guy. If somebody was hungry, he would feed them and if somebody needed clothes, he would cloth them. He's just that type of person."

Background: Man stabbed to death at Kelso campsite

Meiser is already behind bars.  He was arrested at a motel in Corvallis last month for the Lake Oswego murder. His capture ended a nearly weeklong manhunt that spanned the West Coast.

Investigators later said they believe he also slashed the face of a man at a Utah bus station.

More: Lake O murder suspect captured at gunpoint

The accused white supremacist is charged with fatally stabbing Fritz Hayes at his Lake Oswego home. Fritz' wife told police she walked into her kitchen and saw Meiser armed with a knife and a machete and she ran out the back door.

Meiser allegedly attacked and killed Hayes moments later, then fled.

More: Lake Oswego man stabbed to death

Evidence from the Kelso crime scene was sent to the state lab for analysis. So far, Meiser has not been charged in that case. Cowlitz County detectives declined to comment, noting it's a "very active investigation."

"I want justice for Nick's death," Conant told KGW.

Meiser appeared in a Clackamas County Courtroom Wednesday afternoon. Prosecutors hinted that Meiser is "the focus on an ongoing investigation in another state." But, when asked if they could confirm the information from KGW's sources, they said that so far Meiser has not been charged in the Kelso case. Cowlitz County detectives declined to comment further, noting it was a "very active investigation."

Meanwhile, the defense lawyers have requested a mental evaluation for Meiser, as his case moves forward in court.

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KGW Reporters Kyle Iboshi and Mike Benner contributed to this report

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