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Supremacist arrested in Oregon slaying

Sept. 23, 2012 at 7:42 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A white supremacist wanted for murder is in custody after being arrested in Corvallis, Ore., authorities said.

Erik John Meiser, 37, wanted in the stabbing death of Frederick "Fritz" Hayes, 57, of the Lake Oswego area, was arrested Saturday afternoon as he was walking near a Super 8 Motel just east of downtown Corvallis, The (Portland) Oregonian reported.

Meiser was being held in solitary confinement at the Clackamas County Jail pending a Monday arraignment hearing in circuit court on a charge of aggravated murder.

The Oregonian said Meiser has no previous arrests in Oregon but that he also was wanted for aggravated assault and a weapons violation in a Sept. 8 case in Ogden, Utah, and records show he's been arrested on a variety of often violence-related charges in 10 states in the past 23 years.

Police have said it appeared the Monday morning home invasion attack, in which Hayes' 56-year-old wife Margaret was not injured, was random, the newspaper said.

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