Murder suspect Ollis waives extradition

John Thompson • Jan 17, 2012 at 10:52 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A man who is facing a second-degree murder charge in Avery County, N.C., following an investigation into the Dec. 21 death of his 6-week-old son has waived extradition to that state.

Jacob Michael Ollis, 25, waived extradition and agreed to voluntarily surrender to Avery County Sheriff’s Department deputies during his appearance before Carter County Sessions Judge John Walton on Tuesday. He will be held in the Carter County Jail until he is released to North Carolina authorities.

Avery County officers investigated the death of Colton Ollis and allege Jacob Ollis killed the child with “malice aforethought.” Avery County authorities are not divulging details of the case until the results of an autopsy are known, but Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes said it is his understanding Ollis had the baby in bed with him prior to the death.

Mathes said there was a similar incident involving Ollis and a deceased infant several years ago. The sheriff discussed the matter with Lt. Randy Bowers of his department’s Criminal Investigations Division on Tuesday morning and learned the child’s death took place in the Elizabethton Police Department’s jurisdiction. EPD investigators were unavailable for comment.

The Avery County Sheriff’s Department filed the second-degree murder charge on Ollis on Friday, but were not able to locate him in their county.

A warrant was taken out against Ollis in Carter County on Dec. 30 charging him with failure to pay fines and costs on a previous Sessions Court conviction.

Carter County Sheriff’s Sgt. Derrick Hamm and Deputy Matt Ainsworth received a tip Ollis could be found at 270 Hidden Oaks Drive, Johnson City. Acting on the tip on Saturday, the officers reported finding Ollis hiding under a mattress.

He was first charged with the failure to pay fines and court costs. It was only after the initial arrest that the deputies said they did a record’s check and discovered Ollis was wanted on the murder charge. The deputies then charged Ollis with being a fugitive from justice.

In addition to the waiver of extradition, Walton sentenced Ollis to 10 days in jail on the failure to pay fines and costs, to be served immediately and with credit for time served.

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