Man charged in Okla. killing fights extradition

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FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) -- A prosecutor says a Canadian charged in a 1983 homicide in southeastern Oklahoma is fighting extradition from Washington state.

LeFlore County Assistant District Attorney Marion Fry told the Southwest Times Record that Suhail Shanti has decided not to waive extradition. Fry says that means it will probably be about 90 days before Shanti can be brought back to face a first-degree murder count.

Shanti is accused in the Dec. 9, 1983, shooting death of 21-year-old Mohamed Ayman Al-Zein. Both were students at what is now Carl Albert State College.

He was free on bond when officials say he fled before his April 9, 1984, jury trial.

On Friday, Whatcom County Sheriff's deputies arrested Shanti in Blaine, Wash., when he tried to enroll in a program for frequent border crossers.

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Information from: Southwest Times Record, http://www.swtimes.com/