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Brown Waives Extradition; To Be Returned To Missouri

June 2, 1987

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Fugitive John David Brown waived extradition to Missouri on Tuesday about the same time Oklahoma Gov. Henry Bellmon was signing extradition papers for his return.

Brown, 32, had been in the Oklahoma County Jail since Thursday when 30 lawmen surrounded an Ada motel and arrested him as he stepped out to get some ice.

He had been the subject of a three-week manhunt in Missouri in April following the wounding of a Rolla police officer and the death of a church volunteer.

Missouri prosecutors charged Brown on Monday with first-degree murder in the slaying of church volunteer Claude C. Long, who was shot April 1 at Dolittle, Mo.

Brown also is accused of escaping from the Ozark Correctional Center in Fordland nearly three years ago, shooting at a Rolla police officer in late March and driving a stolen truck.

Capt. Albert Johnson of the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department said Brown waived extradition about 3 p.m. Sam Armstrong, a spokesman for Bellmon, said the governor signed extradition papers shortly after 3 p.m.

The papers would have been sent to the sheriff’s department and an Oklahoma County District Court hearing would have been necessary because Brown was fighting the extradition.

″I don’t need them,″ Johnson said of Bellmon’s papers, quickly adding that Brown had signed a waiver.

He said Brown would be returned to Rolla as soon as Missouri officials could arrive to pick up Brown.

Brown is being held on bond of $1 million.

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