Summerfield Makes First Court Appearance


Nate Summerfield booking photographs. (Courtesy: Dare County Sheriff’s Office)

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DARE COUNTY, North Carolina — The man accused of murdering an Ashland mother and then going into hiding for over five-weeks made his initial court appearance in North Carolina on Tuesday.

Chief Deputy Steve Hoggard of the Dare County Sheriff’s Department tells Fox 8 News that Nathan Summerfield, 27, was in Dare County District Court at 9:30 a.m., where he was formally read the charges against him. Summerfield was also appointed a public defender at today’s hearing.

Summerfield arrived in North Carolina early Saturday morning where he is charged with the murder of Lynn Jackenheimer, 33, on Hatteras Island on July 4th.

Summerfield returned to Ohio without Jackenheimer following the holiday trip and allegedly told his brother that he had murdered Lynn. He then went into hiding and was able to elude authorities for more than five weeks before being captured at a motel in Wadsworth.

Summerfield remains in the Dare County Detention Center under no bond. A grand jury hearing is scheduled for September 10.

**Click here for extended coverage on the death of Lynn Jackenheimer…

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