Delaware suspect being extradited for Arkansas murder

Delaware suspect being extradited for Arkansas murder

NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) - A man housed in a Delaware prison is being transferred to Arkansas to face a murder charge.

Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas states on Friday that James Leon Clay, 68, of Georgetown, Delaware will be extradited to Arkansas by Sunday, Nov. 15.

In March the Jackson County Sheriff's Office obtained an arrest warrant for Clay charging him with first-degree murder in the death of James Ricks, 27, of North Little Rock. The body of Ricks was found in Jackson County in August of 1967.

Upon receiving the warrant, Lucas contacted authorities in Delaware as well as the FBI and Clay was taken into custody.

Lucas states Clay refused to be extradited and his attorney filed court documents alleging that documents from Arkansas were "not properly signed and executed" and therefore invalid.

A court in Delaware denied Clay's objection and his attorney appealed to the Delaware Supreme Court. On Nov. 5 that court affirmed the previous court's denial, according to Lucas.

Clay will be formally arraigned in Newport Monday, Nov. 16 on the murder charge.

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