Lake County Coverage

Feb 18, 2013 5:50 PM by Tara Oster - KAJ News

Lake County murder convict back in jail

POLSON - A Lake County man convicted of a 2005 murder, who was released from jail on his own recognizance last week is back behind bars.

Lake County Undersheriff Dan Yonkin confirms Clifford Oldhorn violated the conditions of his release and was arrested Saturday morning.

Oldhorn was originally sentenced to life in prison without parole in the July 2005 death of 73-year-old Harold Mitchell Jr., a former Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribal chairman.

Prosecutors say Mitchell was beaten and stabbed before his trailer was set fire to cover up the evidence.

A judge ordered Oldhorn's release after ruling his confession was not given voluntarily, because Oldhorn gave it while believing he had immunity from prosecution.

Authorities haven't yet released any information as to the nature of Oldhorn's probation violation. He's being held on $30,000 bond.

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