One of two brothers accused of shooting at Ohio law officers during a traffic stop was granted more time Friday to decide if he wanted to return to Ohio to face trial.
Cheyne Kehoe will have until Sept. 12 to decide if he wants to fight extradition, Spokane County Superior Court Judge Richard Schroeder ruled.
Kehoe said little during his brief court appearance.
He replied “No comment” outside the courtroom when asked by reporters if he had anything to say.
Defense attorney John Rodgers of Spokane said the main reason for seeking the delay was the need to find a private attorney in Ohio to represent him.
Kehoe, 21, and his brother Chevie Kehoe, 24, both of Colville, Wash., are accused in shootings that occurred minutes apart Feb. 15 near Wilmington, Ohio, about 50 miles northeast of Cincinnati.
The first was captured by a dashboard camera in a state highway patrol cruiser and later broadcast across the nation.
Cheyne Kehoe is accused of leaping out of a vehicle and firing at a state trooper and a sheriff’s deputy from close range. Authorities said both men then fled.
Chevie Kehoe is accused of firing at two police officers a few minutes later.
The brothers are charged with attempted murder of a police officer, felonious assault and carrying a concealed weapon. The officers were not wounded.
The brothers then went underground, until Cheyne Kehoe surrendered in Colville three months later.
Chevie Kehoe was arrested in Utah the day after his brother surrendered and was being held in Wilmington pending trial Sept. 22.
Deputy Prosecutor Annette Plese said the delay was a formality. Washington Gov. Gary Locke has already approved Ohio’s request for extradition.
The Kehoe brothers reportedly share interests in firearms, survivalist activities and anti-government and militia philosophies.
Arkansas authorities have also questioned the brothers in connection with the slayings of gun dealer William “Bill” Fredrick Mueller Jr., 52; his wife, Nancy, 28; and her 8-year-old daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Powell. They disappeared in January 1996, and their decomposed bodies were removed last June from the Illinois Bayou near Russellville, Ark.
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