The son of a CEO of an Irvine-based medical lab was charged Friday with killing his parents and a housekeeper in their home in a Newport Beach gated community.
Camden Burton Nicholson, 27, faces three counts of murder with a special circumstances allegation of multiple murders.
Nicholson was appointed an attorney from the Orange County Public Defender’s Office and his arraignment was rescheduled for March 8 in the jail courtroom in Santa Ana. He is being held without bail.
About 9 p.m. Wednesday, Newport Beach police received a call from the Irvine Police Department asking that they perform a welfare check at 36 Palazzo, according to Heather Rangel of the Newport Beach Police Department. According to Rangel, Irvine police made the request after speaking to Camden Nicholson at the emergency room of Irvine Medical Center.
Officers went to the home and found the three victims — identified by Orange County sheriff’s officials as Richard Nicholson, 64, Kim Nicholson, 61, and Maria Morse, 57, of Anaheim — dead inside.
Richard Nicholson was the CEO of Irvine-based West Pacific Medical Laboratory. He twice served as president of the California Clinical Laboratory Association, the organization’s president, Michael Arnold, told the Orange County Register.
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