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Delaware Court Nixes Extradition Appeal in Arkansas Killing

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James L. Clay (Photo: Georgetown Police Department) James L. Clay (Photo: Georgetown Police Department)

DOVER, Del. (AP/WBOC)- The Delaware Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a man challenging his extradition to Arkansas to face charges in a 1967 killing.
    
An attorney for 68-year-old James Leon Clay of Georgetown argued that the extradition papers were invalid because of several technical errors, including that a sheriff's affidavit had not been notarized. He also argued that Clay had not been arrested under a warrant signed by Gov. Jack Markell within 30 days after being taken into custody, and that the warrant signed by Markell was ambiguous as to the charges Clay faced in Arkansas.
    
The court ruled Thursday that there was no merit to Clay's appeal.
    
Clay faces an Arkansas warrant for first-degree murder and kidnapping in the shooting of 27-year-old James Ricks, whose skeletal remains were found in August 1967. All of this allegedly followed a robbery Clay participated in with his brother, according to police.

It was Clay's talking that eventually got him into more trouble. In 2012 he was serving time at the Sussex Correctional Institution when officials said he began bragging about the Arkansas murder to a cellmate. This information would eventually lead to his arrest in March for Ricks' murder.

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