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Family Members Buried; Suspect Faces Extradition

Tue., Oct. 31, 1995, midnight

Reta Wyman and her son Paul were buried Monday as the man accused in a gun and fire attack on the Wyman family faced a federal magistrate in Texas.

Carl Sidney Race was captured on a beach at Corpus Christi, Texas, last Saturday, one week after authorities say he shot four members of the Wyman family and set fire to their farm home outside Miles City.

Race appeared before a magistrate Monday and was told he would be extradited to Montana within the next 10 days.

Investigators say Race, 49, from Woodland, Wash., apparently blamed the Wymans for the breakup of his marriage. His wife, Nancy, is Reta Wyman’s sister.

Reta, 55, and Paul, 28, died in the attack. Reta’s husband, Claude, and another son, Jeff, 32, were critically injured by shotgun wounds and burns.

Custer County Sheriff Tony Harbaugh said Claude Wyman’s condition has improved somewhat and he is no longer listed as critical. Jeff Wyman, however, remained in very critical condition in a Salt Lake City burn center.

Race is charged with two counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of arson.

He faces other charges in Washington and Michigan”I think it’s going to be at least some relief for the family and friends of the victims to know that he’s no longer a threat to anyone,” the sheriff said.

In Michigan, Race is charged with attempted murder and firearms violations in a drive-by shooting at a neighbor’s house on Oct. 14.

An arrest warrant was issued for Race in Washington before the Montana slayings for failing to appear in court on drunken driving and hit-and-run charges.

In January, the day after a restraining order was issued to protect his wife, he was arrested for assaulting a police officer who kept him from entering his wife’s home.

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