Johannes Mehserle Appears in Court in Douglas County

The following is a verbatim news release provided by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office:

On the morning of January 13, 2009 the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office was provided information by the Oakland California Police Department that Johannes Mehserle was believed to be in the Zephyr Cove area of Lake Tahoe, Nevada. OPD officials advised DCSO that an arrest warrant for homicide from the Alameda County Superior Court was pending against Mehserle.

The OPD and DCSO followed investigative leads that led them to believe Mehserle was located in the 1000 block of Skyland Drive in Zephyr Cove, Nevada. Once DCSO received confirmation that the arrest warrant had been issued, officers contacted Mehserle’s attorney and advised him that there was an active warrant for Mehserle’s arrest. The attorney immediately telephoned Mehserle, who in turn exited a residence at 1007 Skyland Drive and surrendered to DCSO. Mehserle was taken into custody at 6:20 p.m. without incident.

Mehserle was booked into the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office main jail facility in Minden, Nevada at 7:00 p.m. Mehserle, age 27, was booked on the fugitive warrant from the Alameda County (California) Superior Court charging homicide. Mehserle is being held without bail pending an extradition hearing. There are no local (Nevada) charges pending against Mehserle.

Jail staff reports that Mehserle has been cooperative and is housed in a segregated area of the facility and on a precautionary health and welfare watch.

Mehserle will appear in East Fork Justice Court (1625 8th St, Minden) at 9:15 am on Wednesday, January 14th for his extradition hearing.