Strip Suspect’s Extradition Delayed
(LAS VEGAS KXNT NEWS)–A judge in Los Angeles has set April 18th as the date for an extradition hearing, as Las Vegas authorities seek the return of Ammar Harris, the suspect in the Strip shooting and crash three weeks ago that killed three people.
Harris was found and arrested in Los Angeles following a furious manhunt in the wake of the Strip incident.
Harris appeared in a courtroom in California today as police confirmed that he was, in fact, the man they are seeking to bring to Nevada to face murder and other charges in what the District Attorney says will be capital punishment trial.
Police say Harris was at the wheel of a Range Rover and opened fire on another car, killing its driver and sending the vehicle into a taxi cab, which exploded into flames, killing its driver and a passenger. The cab driver’s family has filed suit against Harris, who has a criminal background in prostitution and other offenses. Police say Harris and another man argued in a nightclub parking lot moments before the shooting began.
Legal experts say that extraditions are normal procedures which can be delayed at first either by defense legal tactics, or court requirements that paperwork is in order. There is no indication California authorities wish to hold Harris there. Nevada authorities have said they will obtain a Governor’s warrant if necessary in order to secure Harris’ return to Las Vegas.