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Shooting suspect fights extradition to Las Vegas

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Ammar Harris is fighting his extradition back to Las Vegas. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge wants to make sure Harris is the man wanted for the deadly chain of events that happened on the Las Vegas Strip last month.

"My family has been destroyed," said Tehran Bolden, brother of crash victim Michael Bolden.

Bolden spoke about his brother after the hearing. Michael Bolden was a driver for Desert Cab, and had just picked up his first fare of the morning when his vehicle was hit at Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo. Michael Bolden and his passenger, Sandra Sutton-Wasmund of Washington state, were killed in the crash, which caused the cab to explode.

Metro police say the deadly crash began when Ammar Harris shot at a Maserati driven by Kenneth Cherry, Jr. on the morning of Feb. 21. Cherry was killed by a gunshot to the chest.

Bolden made the trip from Las Vegas to attend the extradition hearing for Harris, 26.

"This is ridiculous," Bolden said. "I should not have to be here, and no family should have to suffer."

Bolden brought a photo of his brother into the court room as Harris appeared with a public defender.

The hearing lasted about one minute with no plea. Instead, Harris's attorney requested that Las Vegas authorities prove that he's their suspect.

"Remember, the last place this guy wants to be is in Las Vegas," said FOX5 legal analyst Bob Massi, who added that asking for proof of identity is a typical method to fight extradition.

Harris was captured on Thursday in Los Angeles, following a weeklong manhunt.

"He and his attorney will put up every road block to delay the extradition back to this state, but at some point, raising these issues - as bizarre as it may be, they have to make sure they got the right guy to take from that state into our state," Massi said.

Bolden is confident in Harris's return, and says he will be at every court appearance.

"I believe in the state of Nevada, and I trust that Las Vegas will make sure that Mr. Harris is returned to the jurisdiction he will be served best," he said.

Bolden also called for stricter gun control, asking how a man with a record like Harris' could get his hands on a gun.

The identity hearing for Ammar Harris is scheduled for March 14.

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