Man charged in 1984 Colombia rape case won’t waive extradition
COLUMBIA, Missouri (KMIZ.)
The man accused of rape and attempted murder in 1984 in northeastern Colombia has decided not to waive the extradition.
James Wilson, 59, of Mooresville, North Carolina, was arrested after DNA linked him to the crime.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation seized some of his trash and found a disposable razor with hair in the blades. The razor and other items were sent to the Columbia Police Department. The razor was then sent for DNA analysis, where it then matched the profile of the rape kit, according to a probable cause statement.
Wilson was charged with first-degree rape and assault last week.
Roger Johnson – the prosecutor in the case – detailed Wednesday what will happen next after Wilson decides not to waive the extradition.
“The other state’s attorney must file a fugitive’s complaint, which is just a charge that allows them to be detained out of state on warrant in Missouri,” Johnsons said. “Then the person is brought before a judge. They are entitled to a lawyer at that time and they decide whether or not they want extradition.”
Had Wilson waived his extradition, he would have been sent to Boone County, a process that could have taken nearly two weeks, according to Johnson.
“The process because if someone doesn’t waive, then the judge can continue the case all at once for 30 days and then one more time for 60 days,” Johnson said. “And so, it is my understanding that he has not given up, and the case is being reset for the first extradition hearing in 30 days.”
Johnson said that sometimes people decide not to waive extradition because they want to dispute the charge or they’re in a position where they don’t feel like agreeing to anything. .
Wilson is currently being held in Iredell County Jail in North Carolina on $1 million bond.
ABC17 has tried to contact Wilson’s attorney in North Carolina, but they have yet to respond.