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American Ordered Extradited to New York For Allegedly Killing Wife

April 2, 1985

DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) _ A district court judge Tuesday ordered the extradition of an American charged with murdering his wife in Rochester, N.Y. in 1967.

Justice Gillian Hussey ordered the extradition of Joseph Michael Maloney at the end of a hearing in which a retired Rochester police detective identified the accused man.

Maloney, 49, is accused of giving his wife, June Fisk Maloney, an orange juice cocktail poisoned with wood alcohol during their son’s fifth birthday party at their home in Rochester.

He escaped from Rochester State Hospital in 1967 while undergoing psychiatric tests and has been living in Ireland since at least the early 1970s under the name of Michael O’Shea, state lawyers said.

Maloney, who maintains he is O’Shea, was also charged under that name.

He was the fourth person ordered extradited under an Irish-American treaty that went into effect Dec. 15.

Maloney did not testify at the hearing, which began March 27 in Dun Laoghaire, near Dublin,

George Reis, formerly Rochester’s assistant chief of detectives, testified that he and Maloney had been neighbors for 10 years. He said he first recognized Maloney during a Feb. 15 bail hearing in Dublin.

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