Olson arraigned for second-degree murder

Nathaniel Olson, 27, of Sequim will hear the formal charge against him for second-degree murder with an aggravated circumstance in an arraignment hearing on Friday, June 6.

He’ll appear in Clallam County Superior Court to plead guilty or not guilty in the May 22 death of 25-year-old Matthew Baker of Port Angeles.

Olson was charged on May 28 after allegedly shooting Baker at a birthday party in a Port Angeles home on Monroe Road.

Clallam County Sheriff’s deputies report they found Baker dead from an apparent gunshot wound to the chest and that he was alone in the living room with Olson, a Sequim High School 2005 graduate, when witnesses in the dining room area heard a single “pop.”

Witnesses told law enforcement Olson was showing a gun earlier in the evening to other guests which he likely used to kill Baker, sheriff officials report.

Ron Cameron, chief criminal deputy for the Sheriff’s Office, said witnesses claim they heard no arguing or discussion between Olson or Baker immediately prior to the shot being fired.

Deputies determined alcohol was present at the party and they believe Olson was drinking.

Cameron said Detective Brian Knutson interviewed Jason Holden who asked Olson what happened and he said, “I shot him.” Later, Terra Smithson, Baker’s girlfriend, told deputies she asked Olson the same thing to which he replied “He came at me,” Cameron said.

Both Baker and Olson were attendees of the party for twins Jason and Jeremy Holden of Tacoma. Jason is allegedly involved in the April 12 fake kidnapping of a child at Carrie Blake Park.

Olson’s bail is set for $500,000.


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