Extradition delayed for suspect in attempted Aspen murder
September 10, 2009
ASPEN – A man arrested for an alleged murder attempt in Aspen will remain in Pitkin County to face that charge before his possible extradition to California where he is wanted for a parole violation, Judge James Boyd ruled Thursday in district court.
Aaron Michael Anderson appeared before Boyd on Monday, telling the judge he wanted to return to California. On Thursday, District Attorney Arnie Mordkin argued Colorado has the right to keep Anderson here until the local proceedings against him are finished.
“I do not find he has an immediate right to extradition,” Boyd agreed.
Anderson, 34, is being held on a $50,000 bond in the Pitkin County case, but he’s being held without bail for the California parole violation. In effect, even if he pays his bond here, he will not be released.
Public defender Steve McCrohan, participating via speaker phone at Thursday’s hearing, argued that holding Anderson indefinitely without bail was a violation of his constitutional rights.
“Mr. Anderson might as well be being held in Guantanamo,” McCrohan said.
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Anderson will have the right to pursue civil proceedings if he feels he is being held illegally, Boyd said.
The defendant, who did not rise when the judge entered the courtroom, is scheduled to be formally charged in the Pitkin County case on Sept. 21. Several charges against him are anticipated.
He was arrested Thursday, Sept. 3, for allegedly injuring his girlfriend and threatening to kill her.
His California parole violation stems from a felony conviction for tampering with transmission lines – an apparent plea deal, according to Mordkin. He was originally charged with kidnapping and burglary, but was not convicted on those charges, Mordkin said.