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Ohio man waives extradition in Outer Banks murder case

Posted August 17, 2012 11:48 a.m. EDT
Updated August 17, 2012 3:57 p.m. EDT

— An Ohio man charged in connection with the slaying of his ex-girlfriend at the Outer Banks waived extradition Friday, clearing the way for him to be returned to North Carolina, authorities said.

Nathan Summerfield, 27, had a first appearance in court Friday morning in Medina County, Ohio, where he was arrested Wednesday after a month on the run from law enforcement. He faces a first-degree murder charge in Dare County, where the body of his on-and-off girlfriend, Lynn Jackenheimer, was found last month.

By waiving extradition, Summerfield does not contest the legal process for authorities to return him to North Carolina. Chief Deputy Steve Hoggard of the Dare County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Friday that Summerfield will be returned to Dare County either late Friday night or early Saturday morning. He will then be taken before a judicial official to set bond, according to Hoggard. Typically, he said, bond is denied in cases like this, although it is up to the court to decide.

Hoggard said a Dare County grand jury is scheduled to convene Sept. 10 to listen to evidence against Summerfield, who is accused of killing Jackenheimer while they vacationed on Hatteras Island in July. Jackenheimer disappeared during the trip, and her body was found about two weeks later in a vacant lot in Frisco.

Authorities said they took Summerfield by surprise when they burst into his room at a Wadsworth, Ohio, hotel, where the suspect had checked in under a fictitious name. He did not resist arrest, they said.

"The Ohio authorities and the U.S. Marshals Service, as well as the authorities in Michigan where his vehicle was located, have been absolutely top notch to work with," Hoggard said. "Whatever we needed, they provided."