Man indicted in fatal stabbing; atty fights claims of white supremacy

Man indicted in fatal stabbing; atty fights claims of white supremacy
Erik Meiser appears in court Friday via video feed from the Clackamas County Jail. His attorneys did not enter a plea and asked the judge for more time.

OREGON CITY, Ore. – A grand jury Friday indicted the man accused of stabbing a Lake Oswego man to death on multiple charges, according to a prosecutor in the case.

Erik John Meiser, 37, is charged with six counts of aggravated murder, two counts of first-degree robbery, one count of burglary in the first degree and two counts of burglary in the second degree.

Meiser is accused of burglarizing the Lake Oswego home of 57-year-old Fredrick Hayes and then stabbing him to death.

Meiser appeared in court Friday via video feed from the Clackamas County Jail. His attorneys declined to enter a plea for him, saying they were concerned about his mental health and his ability to help in his own defense. They asked for more time.

One of Meiser's attorneys, Jenny Cooke, countered claims by the media that Meiser is a self-proclaimed white supremacist even though he has the words "Neo-Nazi" tattooed on his left knuckles.

"Whatever connection he has with that kind of thinking ... he rejects it. ... He's married to a Jewish woman. He's raising his children in the Jewish faith," Cooke said.

Police say Meiser fled the scene after stabbing Hayes, Monday, Sept. 17 and then after a nationwide manhunt, U.S. Marshals found Meiser in Corvallis and arrested him without incident the following Saturday.

The judge scheduled the next court hearing for Meiser for Monday, Oct. 22 at 9 a.m.