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Extradition of suspect in Easley death could take years

(Greenville-AP) July 3, 2006 - It could take three to four years for South Carolina to extradite from Canada the man accused of killing an Easley pawn shop owner, one of the man's attorneys says.

Clemente Monterosso, Shephard's deportation lawyer, said he is waiting for the US Justice Department to file an extradition request for Roger Eugene Shephard, 21.

The former Wren High School student sought the protection of Canadian authorities because he could face the death penalty if he is returned to the United States and convicted of killing 65-year-old John Bruin at Action Pawn shop.

Since 2001, Canada has asked prosecutors to promise to not seek the death penalty before sending fugitives back to the United States.

Shepherd is wanted on accusations of killing 65-year-old Action Pawn owner John Bruin.

Police say a man entered the pawn shop, then talked to Bruin for several minutes before shooting him in the chest.

Investigators say the suspect then fired two shots at Bruin's wife, but she was not hurt.

Surveillance video shows the man then put some merchandise from the store into a bag and left.

Shephard is charged with murder, assault and battery with intent to kill, and armed robbery in connection with the shooting death of 65-year-old John Bruin.

Investigators identified the 21-year-old Shepherd as a suspect through fingerprints and a tip from a caller.

updated 7:43am by Bryce Mursch

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