McVay charged in Carrie Olson's death; gets public defender

Originally Posted Online: July 19, 2014, 10:09 am
Last Updated: July 19, 2014, 10:59 am
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By Laura Anderson Shaw,

ROCK ISLAND -- A Rock Island man accused of killing Carrie Olson made an initial court appearance Saturday morning in Rock Island County court.

With a scruffy, unshaven face, Ms. Olson's former boyfriend Timothy J. McVay, 39, of 1222 36th St., shuffled into court, wearing a yellow jump suit, handcuffs and shackles.

Judge F. Michael Meersman read aloud two charges, accusing Mr. McVay of first-degree murder and concealment of a homicidal death.

Charges allege Mr. McVay "performed certain act or acts" knowing they would create a strong likelihood of death and then proceeded to hide evidence of the homicide.

First-degree murder is a Class M felony punishable by a minimum of 20 years in prison, and a maximum of natural life, Judge Meersman said. Concealment of a homicidal death, a Class 3 felony, carries a punishment of up to five years of incarceration.

Mr. McVay indicated that he would like a public defender, so Judge Meersman appointed Rock Island County public defender Baron Heintz to represent him.

He is scheduled to reappear in court at 8:30 a.m. July 29 for a preliminary hearing.

"I'll see you a week from Tuesday," Judge Meersman said. Mr. McVay agreed, and shuffled out of the room. Mr. McVay remained in custody at the Rock Island County Jail Saturday night on a $1.5 million bond.

Ms. Olson, 29, was reported missing to Davenport police after she failed to show up for work on Dec. 30, 2013.

Friends and family members kept tabs on the case through social media sites, including the Facebook page "Justice For Carrie Olson," and a reward was offered for information related to her disappearance.

On April 5, her body was found in a wooded area in Dakota County, Minn., 30 miles southeast of Minneapolis.

Mr. McVay's arrest was the result of a joint investigation by law officers in Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota.

Rock Island County State's Attorney John McGehee said he expects Ms. Olson's autopsy to be released next week.


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