Fourth suspect in Ontario attempted murder arrested

Fourth suspect in Ontario attempted murder arrested

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by KTVB

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Posted on May 6, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 8:41 AM

PAYETTE COUNTY, Idaho -- Idaho State Police and Canyon County Sheriff's deputies have caught Todd Mulvaine in Payette County, according to the Malheur County District Attorney.  Mulvaine was wanted for attempted murder in the shooting of 19-year-old Ramon Fry.

Malheur County District Attorney Dan Norris says 42-year-old Mulvaine is wanted in connection with the alleged incident, which deputies say happened in Ontario. 

The attempted murder took place Feb. 29 at the home of Lester and Erlene Reger, both of Ontario. Fry was shot in the back of the head, execution style, but he managed to get away and survived his injuries.

Mulvaine is the fourth suspect in Fry's attempted murder.  Last Thursday, a grand jury indicted 42-year-old Todd Mulvaine for conspiracy to commit aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder and assault.

The suspect was found in Payette County after a citizen recognized his photo from news reports.  Norris could not say whether Mulvaine was intentionally hiding from authorities.  Because of the type of crime he is accused of, Mulvaine was considered a high priority to find and arrest.

"[There was] a tremendous amount of effort.  Washington County has been working almost around the clock to assist us in bringing him into custody.  Unfortunately, we believe somebody warned him that he was indicted," Norris said.

Details are extremely limited in how Mulvaine fits into this case, partially because the evidence was presented in confidential grand jury proceedings.  Also, court documents that could shed light on his involvement likely won't be unsealed until after Mulvaine is brought back to Oregon.
 
Of the other three accused, one man, John Fritz, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and is awaiting sentencing.   The Regers are also accused, but are out on bail.

"They're both out on security.  The court was obligated to set security.  The court set it incredibly high.  In fact, on Mr. Reger, the court set it ten times higher than the law required, but he did have the resources and he met security.  They're set to go to trial in early October," Norris said.

Norris is now waiting to see whether he will need to begin extradition procedures to bring Mulvaine back to Oregon, or if Mulvaine may waive extradition.

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