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Teen Accused Of Killing Mother Waives Extradition To Attend Her Funeral

July 14, 1986

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) _ A teen-ager charged with killing his mother and wounding his father and younger sister waived extradition from Wisconsin on Monday to return for the funeral.

A tearful John Rowe hugged his mother’s body before the casket was closed at the funeral home, said Vigo County Sheriff Andrew T. Atelski.

The 18-year-old also embraced his sister and father, who were not wounded seriously. Authorities believe Rowe was on heroin at the time of the shooting spree, the sheriff said.

Rowe initially refused to waive extradition but agreed after he was told his father, James, had requested he attend the funeral, Atelski said.

He is charged with killing his mother, Theadora J. Rowe, 44, on Wednesday and trying to kill his 13-year-old sister, Gretchen, by firing five shots at her. He also shot James A. Rowe in the mouth, Atelski said.

Rowe was arrested 18 hours after the shootings in southeastern Wisconsin.

″His father came to my house yesterday afternoon and asked me if I would make arrangements to get the son back for the funeral,″ Atelski said Monday. ″We didn’t know if he (John) would sign the wavier, but he went to court today and signed the waiver of extradition, so we dispatched a private plane and sent two of our detectives to get him.″

Rowe arrived in Terre Haute about 3 p.m., and authorities cleared the funeral home before he was brought in, Atelski said.

″There were tears in his eyes. He hugged his mother before they closed the casket,″ he said.

Rowe’s sister, who was not seriously injured in the shooting, ″at first wouldn’t look at him, but the father got them together and they put their arms around each other and hugged,″ Atelski said.

Rowe is charged with murder and attempted murder. No bond has been set for Rowe, who was taken to the Vigo County Jail after the funeral.

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