Inmate extradited to Tahoe on murder charge
Ulysses Roberson is back in South Lake Tahoe to face an almost 2-decade-old murder charge. He allegedly killed his 4-year-old son, whose body has not been found.
Roberson, 53, was transported from a Washington state prison July 24 after reams of legal paperwork were filed and governors in both states signed documents allowing his transfer, said El Dorado County Assistant District Attorney Hans Uthe.
While serving a prison term for a charge of rape by intoxicating substance, Roberson was fighting extradition to South Lake Tahoe. He battled returning here years ago, with the extradition process reaching the U.S. Supreme Court.
He lost the second round when Uthe obtained more evidence and a witness.
Uthe guessed Roberson will face trial in a year but acknowledged that without a body the process won’t be a walk in the park.
“It always makes it more difficult,” he said. “It’s more of a challenge.”
Roberson’s attorney, Deputy Public Defender Kenneth Bonham, could not be reached for comment.
Roberson would attract numerous girlfriends by using astrological signs, authorities said. One of the women was Rosemary Olive, who worked in the Bay Area as a nurse while sending money to South Lake Tahoe for Roberson and their son, Alexander Olive.
In 1986, Olive returned to the basin to see her son, but Roberson denied her request and gave her a beating that sent her to the hospital. He was arrested on aggravated assault charges.
Alexander has not been seen since.
Sgt. Martin Hewlett, the lead investigator at the time, expressed satisfaction that a major hurdle has been cleared.
“It’s time to bring this case to closure,” he said.
Once the South Lake Tahoe case is finished, Roberson will likely return to Washington to finish his sentence, then return to the basin, Uthe said.
Roberson is scheduled to appear in El Dorado County Superior Court today about 3:30 p.m. for jail conditions. His following appearance will be Aug. 25 at 8 a.m. for a continued arraignment.
If convicted, he faces a maximum of life in prison with the possibility of the death penalty for the murder charge.
— E-mail William Ferchland at firstname.lastname@example.org
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