Man said to be the son of two victims is arrested in triple slaying in Newport Beach

Camden Nicholson, 27, has been charged with three counts of murder in Newport Beach, authorities said.
(Orange County District Attorney)

A 27-year-old man was charged with murder Friday in the slayings of three people whose bodies were found in a Newport Beach home this week.

Orange County prosecutors allege that Camden Nicholson killed Richard Nicholson, 64, and Kim Nicholson, 61, both of Newport Beach, and Maria Morse, 57, of Anaheim.

Police did not confirm Camden Nicholson’s relationship with the three. However, neighbors told KTLA-TV that Richard and Kim Nicholson were Camden Nicholson’s parents and Morse was their housekeeper.

The circumstances surrounding their deaths remain unclear. Newport Beach police discovered their bodies in the home in the Bonita Canyon neighborhood late Wednesday. But investigators have not said how they died.


Richard Nicholson is identified on LinkedIn as chief executive officer of West Pacific Medical Laboratory, which maintains an office in Newport Center. Citing interviews with colleagues, the Orange County Register confirmed his employment with the lab.

Camden Nicholson’s online profile identifies him as a devout Mormon missionary who attended the University of Utah. He graduated from Corona del Mar High School and lives in Costa Mesa, according to his Facebook profile.

Camden Nicholson was arrested Wednesday night at Irvine Medical Center and was being held without bail at the Orange County Jail in Santa Ana. He is expected to return to court on March 8 for an arraignment.

If found guilty, he would face a sentencing enhancement for committing multiple murders, authorities said.


Times staff writer Hannah Fry contributed to this report.

Langhorne writes for Times Community News.

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