SEATTLE (AP) — A man sought in the killing of a couple in rural Washington state and burying their remains will be returned to Washington from Tucson, Arizona.
John Blaine Reed, 53, appeared before a judge Thursday afternoon and waived extradition, KING-TV reported (http://goo.gl/DPb8DO).
He was arrested earlier this month by Mexican authorities in Sonora, Mexico, and handed over to U.S. Marshals.
Reed had been on the run since the April slayings near Oso, a tiny rural community northeast of Seattle that was devastated in 2014 by the nation’s worst landslide disaster.
Investigators believe Reed fatally shot Monique Patenaude, 46, and her husband Patrick Shunn, 45, on April 11, reportedly over a property dispute. He was charged with two counts of first-degree aggravated murder by Snohomish County prosecutors.
Reed and his brother Tony Reed fled to Mexico after the killings. Tony Reed turned himself in last month and led detectives to the couple’s gravesite. Tony Reed pleaded guilty last month to two counts of rendering criminal assistance.
Reed’s parents, Clyde and Faye Reed, of Ellensburg, Washington, have also been charged with helping John Reed. Snohomish County prosecutors say the couple gave their sons money and a vehicle and helped them escape the country.
Snohomish County Prosecutor Craig Matheson says a date hasn’t been set for extradition, but they are looking at early next week.
Information from: KING-TV, http://www.king5.com/