FBI suspect fights extradition from St. Maarten
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten — A Dutch Caribbean court rejected an attempt to block extradition of a U.S. man accused of killing two Georgia college athletes, but his attorney says he is fighting the decision.
Attorney Remco Stomp said Friday that 26-year-old Michael Registe, who was placed on the FBI’s most-wanted fugitive list last year, would not get a fair trial in the southern U.S. state because he is black.
Registe is charged with the execution-style killings of two Columbus State University athletes, basketball player Randy Newton Jr., 21, and baseball player Bryan Kilgore, 20, on July 20, 2007.
Police say Registe fled the U.S. and was captured last year in the Dutch Caribbean territory of St. Maarten.
The Supreme Court of the Netherlands ruled in May that Registe could be extradited after U.S. prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty.
The governor of the Netherlands Antilles also approved extradition and on Friday, a local court rejected Stomp’s appeal of that ruling.
Stomp said he has filed another appeal with the High Court in neighboring Curacao and with the European Court of Human Rights in France. He said that an impartial jury could not be found in Georgia.
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