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February 12, 2013

Washington to learn terms of extradition today

FAIRMONT — Today, Eddie Jack Washington, the Florida resident arrested last week for the 1974 triple Windmill Park homicides, will find out the terms of his extradition to Fairmont.

Washington was arrested Thursday and charged with the execution-style slayings of Fairmont residents Guy Lester Phillips, 20, and his wife, Wanda Jane Phillips, 19, and Billy Ray Cobb, 27, on Aug. 2, 1974, in the remote city park.

The 59-year-old Alabama native waived his right to extradition in an initial appearance before a magistrate in Hillsborough County Circuit Court on Friday morning, according to Fairmont Police Chief Kelley D. Moran.

“We’ve been looking at the case for the past four months,” Moran said. “He will appear before a judge (today) to set what the terms of that extradition will be. After that, we have up to two weeks to pick him up and bring him back to West Virginia.”

The hearing will take place in Tampa.

Fairmont police issued an arrest warrant for Washington on Feb. 6.

“Additional charges may be filed,” Marion County Prosecuting Attorney Patrick Wilson said earlier. “There is perhaps a second person. So there may very well be a second arrest.”

Because this is an ongoing investigation, he declined to comment further.

Washington’s arrest was made with the cooperation of West Virginia Sate Police, law enforcement in Chapel Hill, N.C., and the U.S. Marshals Service in West Virginia and Florida.

 

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