Accused "Hammer Killer" to stay in Nevada, pending court decision on extradition

Accused "Hammer Killer" to stay in Nevada, pending court decision on extradition

Christopher Ewing, the man accused of four brutal killings in Colorado in the 1980s, will stay in Nevada for now.

An extradition hearing was held this afternoon in Carson City to decide if Ewing should be transported to Colorado to face charges there. Ewing is accused of killing three members of one family and another person in two separate attacks.

He is fighting extradition, and today, the judge agreed to grant him one week to file a motion with the Nevada Supreme Court in hopes of obtaining a court appointed lawyer.

Nevada's High Court will decide if Ewing should have the right to demand a court appointed attorney to help him fight the extradition process.

Ewing has been behind bars since 1984 after escaping authorities and severely beating a Henderson, Nevada couple with an ax handle. He was originally scheduled to appear in court for attempted murder and burglary charges.

Ewing was linked to the Denver killings 34 years later due to modern DNA science, which matched the man to DNA collected at a crime scene in 1984.

The hearing, which took place at Carson City District Court, could send Ewing to Colorado for future hearings.

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