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Challenge delays extradition of man charged in 1967 slaying

James Leon Clay (Source: Delaware Dept. of Correction) James Leon Clay (Source: Delaware Dept. of Correction)

LITTLE ROCK, AR (AP) - A man in custody in Delaware is fighting an extradition process that would take him back to Arkansas to face first-degree murder and kidnapping charges for the 1967 slaying of a North Little Rock man.
    
Sixty-eight-year-old James Leon Clay was arrested in his Delaware home March 10 after he was recorded telling a former prison inmate that he killed 27-year-old James Ricks.
    
Clay's lawyer, Robert Robinson, said a warrant that would put Clay into the state of Arkansas' custody was served after a 30-day deadline and not properly signed.
    
Jackson County Sherriff David Lucas said he believes the state followed procedure and that Clay is "doing everything he can to avoid" returning.
    
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1QM2qLj ) Clay's extradition case is expected to be heard in the Delaware Supreme Court in Dover before the session completes Nov. 18.   
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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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