Man Accused In Wife, Children's Murders Won't Be Extradited For Several Weeks

2:04 PM, Jun 26, 2007   |    comments
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KSDK - The former St. Charles County man accused of killing his wife and three children near Chicago is expected back in court July 25th. 34-year-old Christopher Vaughn is in custody at the St. Charles County Detention Center, and is being held without bond. Vaughn appeared in the courtroom Monday, wearing an orange prisoner jump suit and handcuffs. He waived his right to an arraignment, agreeing not to hear the charges against him. The judge did not order his extradition to Illinois, where he is accused of killing his wife and three children, but that could happen in the hearing July 25th. Vaughn was arrested Saturday morning, just two hours before he was to attend a memorial service for his family. Kimberly Vaughn and their three children were found shot to death in an SUV along Interstate 55 near Chicago more than a week ago. The extradition process requires signatures of each state's governors, and other steps in the legal process. Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and Missouri Governor Matt Blunt both signed the extradition request Monday. The Missouri Highway Patrol then delivered it to the St. Charles County Sheriff's Office, according to Governor Blunt's office. Since Vaughn is fighting the extradition, there will be a court hearing July 25th in St. Charles County. St. Louis area attorney Scott Rosenblum is among the lawyers representing Vaughn.


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