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Nelson indicted in Cottam deaths

Posted: Friday, Jun 21st, 2013

Edward Nelson

COOS BAY ó Edward Lawrence Nelson was indicted by a Coos County grand jury last week concerning the deaths of Nelsonís wife Kathleen and two neighbors, Renae and Lola Cottam. Nelson is charged with six counts of aggravated murder and three counts of arson in the first degree. Arraignment on the indictment will be Tuesday, June 25.

Autopsies performed on the bodies presumed to be the Cottams were completed Thursday. Both autopsies show that the two died as result of being shot with a firearm.

Because of the condition of the bodies after their home was allegedly set on fire, positive identification was not possible, according to Coos County District Attorney R. Paul Frasier.

In a written statement issued Friday morning, Frasier said that one of the bodies is male and the other is female. Dental records will help identify at least one of the bodies with X-rays taken as part of the autopsy process. X-rays of the other body do not contain sufficient evidence for a dental record comparison to be made.

For the complete article see the 06-22-2013 issue.

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