Judge: Le’s extradition could be delayed by weeks

Trung T. Le. Image source: Harrison County Sheriff's Department.
Trung T. Le. Image source: Harrison County Sheriff's Department.

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Deputies at the Harrison County Jail confirm Trung Le stood in court and refused to sign an extradition waiver on Monday. Consequently, the Bourbon Street murder suspect will remain in the Harrison County Jail indefinitely.

Harrison County Justice Court Judge Bruce Strong tells us Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal must petition Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant for a warrant to bring Le back to Louisiana. Strong says this tactic could delay the extradition process for days or even weeks.

"I haven't seen one done for years but the last one took about three months," said Strong.

Le was represented at the extradition hearing by two members of the Orleans Parish Public Defenders Office. Strong said most people go ahead and waive extradition, but Le refused.

"We are in contact with the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office regarding the extradition procedure for the suspect.  Once the district attorney's office presents our office with an application for requisition, we will issue the extradition order," said Mike Reed, of Jindal's press office. "We are committed to working with law enforcement to ensure the individuals responsible for these crimes are brought to justice."

Le is wanted in connection with the Bourbon Street shootings that killed one and injured nine others. New Orleans police confirmed he was a suspect in that shooting spree on Friday morning.

By late Friday afternoon, a tip sent agents to a neighborhood in Gulfport where they arrested Le, but they can't take him back to New Orleans until he waives extradition or police get a transfer warrant.

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