June 30, 2016

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Ashland man accused of killing girlfriend to be extradited

MEDINA — An Ashland man, accused of killing his girlfriend in North Carolina and arrested Wednesday in Wadsworth, will be sent to North Carolina to face murder charges.

Nathan Summerfield, 27, waived his right to an extradition hearing Friday in an appearance before Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler.

Attorney Lee Winchell, left, goes over an extradition waiver with his client, Nathan Summerfield, of Ashland. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY MICHELLE SPREHE)

Summerfield is accused of killing his girlfriend, Lynn Jackenheimer, 33, in Dare County, N.C., while they were vacationing in the Outer Banks with her two children in early July.

Multiple tips led U.S. marshals to a hotel room at Legacy Inn and Suites, 410 High St. in Wadsworth, where Summerfield was residing after checking in as “Jay Summerfield” on Tuesday morning.

Summerfield, wearing the beard he had grown during the month-long nationwide manhunt, quietly answered yes or no questions from Kimbler before signing an extradition waiver.

County Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Razavi declined to comment on the case, as did Summerfield’s attorney, Lee Winchell.

Jackenheimer’s body was found July 16 in North Carolina, and police said she died of strangulation and stab wounds.

Friends and family members of Jackenheimer, who also was from Ashland, were in the courtroom Friday wearing shirts with lettering that said “Justice for Lynn.”

Family members of Summerfield also were in the courtroom.

Brittany Patterson, of Ashland, is the girlfriend of Jackenheimer’s brother and made the trip to Medina for the court appearance.

Although Patterson and another Ashland friend of Jackenheimer, Kelly Weyant, arrived too late to be admitted into the crowded courtroom, they saw Summerfield outside the courthouse in a vehicle that brought him from the Medina County Jail.

“It was nauseating,” Weyant said. “I was sick to my stomach.”

Weyant and Patterson said they plan to go to North Caroline to follow the court proceedings there.

“We’ll go there just to support people in the family,” she said.

Patterson said she was not surprised Summerfield was found so close to home.

Wadsworth is less than 40 miles from Ashland down Interstates 76 and 71.

Contact Michelle Sprehe at (330) 721-4048 or msprehe@medina-gazette.com.