Hawaii to Seek Suspect’s Extradition
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Hawaii officials said Tuesday they would ask that a man be extradited from Indiana to stand trial in the murder of a teenager in 1975.
Delmar Edmonds, 46, is charged in the shooting death of 13-year-old Dawn Bustamante, who was abducted in Kailua, Hawaii. At Edmonds’ request, a judge on Tuesday delayed his extradition hearing until Aug. 28 so Hawaii can formally request his return.
Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano said he plans to sign paperwork soon asking that Edmonds be extradited.
Edmonds has denied killing the girl. His defense attorney, Marcel Pratt, said he refused to sign a waiver that would have allowed his extradition from Indiana.
Edmonds was arrested last week in Indianapolis. He is being held on $500,000 bail.
Edmonds was stationed at a Marine base in Kaneohe, Hawaii, when Dawn was abducted, raped, and murdered in 1975. Police considered him a suspect at the time, but he was not charged because another girl who was also abducted could not positively identify him.
Police said former Marines recently came forward and said Edmonds asked them to lie about his whereabouts at the time of the shooting.