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Toddler murder suspect Obermiller won’t waive extradiction

Jason J. Obermiller (Kootenai CountyJail booking photo)
Jason J. Obermiller (Kootenai CountyJail booking photo)

The man wanted for killing a 2-year-old Spokane girl last week told a Kootenai County judge Wednesday he would not waive extradition to Spokane County on a second-degree murder charge.

Appearing in court the day after his arrest at a cabin on Lake Coeur d’Alene, Jason J. Obermiller said, “I don’t want to waive, I want an attorney.”

Obermiller, 32, faces the murder charge for the death of Adalynn Hoyt, who died of a single blow to the stomach. He was living with the girl’s mother, 28-year-old Lovina Rainey, who told investigators the girl and her other three children were in Obermiller’s care when Adalynn was fatally injured.

Idaho First District Magistrate Judge Timothy Van Valin appointed Obermiller a Kootenai County public defender Wednesday and set a preliminary hearing date of Sept. 30. He also is wanted in Washington on charges of burglary, possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance, as well as probation violations.

Kootenai County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Obermiller Tuesday afternoon in a cabin near Worley. He had been on the run since the girl died Sept. 12 in a home in the 3300 block of East 55th Avenue.

Obermiller is in the Kootenai County Jail on a $250,000 bond/Scott Maben, SR.

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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