2 07-29-87 10:19 ped calif., krishna states will be led MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (UPI) _ A heari

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2 07-29-87 10:19 ped calif., krishna states will be led MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (UPI) _ A hearing is scheduled today in Marshall County Circuit Court where a judge will be asked to delay the extradition hearing of Hare Krishna devotee Thomas Drescher, who is wanted in California for murder, a prosecutor says. Marshall County Prosecutor Thomas White said Wednesday he wants Marshall Circuit Judge Steven Narick to delay the hearing because of the unavailability of a witness from California. White said he wants at least a one-week delay of the hearing, originally scheduled to be held this Friday. The witness isn't a Krishna devotee, White said. Drescher is wanted in California to stand trial for the 1986 murder of Krishna dissident Steven Bryant of Los Angeles. Drescher has refused to go willingly to California so Narick must decide whether the charges in California warrant Drescher's transfer. Drescher is serving a life sentence in the West Virginia Penitentiary for the 1983 murder of Krishna devotee Charles Saint Denis. 3 07-30-87 10:46 aed calif., krishna states (judge delays hearing until Aug. 13) MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (UPI) _ The extradition hearing for Hare Krishna devotee Thomas Drescher, who is wanted in California for murder, has been rescheduled until next month by a Marshall County Circuit Court judge. Judge Steven Narick today delayed until Aug. 13 the hearing originally scheduled to be held this Friday. He changed the date at the request of Marshall County Prosecutor Thomas White who said a delay was necessary because of the unavailability of a witness from California. White said the witness, an employee at a car rental agency, will testify he saw Drescher in Los Angeles on May 22, 1986 _ the day Krishna dissident Steven Bryant was fatally shot. Drescher has been charged with murder in Bryant's death. Drescher has refused to go willingly to California so Narick must decide whether the charges in California warrant Drescher's transfer. Drescher is serving a life sentence in the West Virginia Penitentiary for the 1983 murder of Krishna devotee Charles Saint Denis. He was convicted in January by a Preston County Circuit Court jury. The inmate said today his lawyer intends to file a motion within a week in Preston County seeking a four-month extension to file an appeal of his conviction for the Saint Denis murder. Drescher said the motion would delay his extradition. He said a four-month extension is needed because his original lawyer has taken another job and Drescher needs time to discuss his murder conviction appeal with his new attorney. Drescher said he believes his constitutional rights were violated before, during and after the Saint Denis trial. 4 07-30-87 02:34 ped Editors: The United Press International West Virginia news report for Friday morning newspapers will include: (DRESCHER) Moundsville _ Extradition hearing for Hare Krishna devotee Thomas Drescher, who is wanted in California for murder, delayed until Aug. 13; he says appeal of previous murder conviction could delay transfer west. 300. 5 07-30-87 04:45 ped calif., n.y., krishna states Drescher's extradition hearing delayed until Aug. 13 MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (UPI) _ The extradition hearing for Hare Krishna devotee Thomas Drescher, who is wanted in California for murdering a dissident follower, has been rescheduled until next month by a Marshall County judge. Meanwhile, Drescher said Thursday he wants more time to file an appeal of a previous murder conviction. Such a request in court could mean a four-month delay in his extradition, he said. On Thursday, Marshall Circuit Judge Steven Narick delayed until Aug. 13 the hearing originally scheduled for this Friday. He changed the date at the request of Marshall County Prosecutor Thomas White, who said a delay was necessary because of the unavailability of a witness from California. White said the witness, an employee at a car rental agency, will testify he saw Drescher in Los Angeles on May 22, 1986 _ the day Krishna dissident Steven Bryant was gunned down. Drescher has been charged with murder in Bryant's death. Drescher has refused to go willingly to California so Narick must decide whether the charges in California warrant Drescher's transfer. Drescher is serving a life sentence in the West Virginia Penitentiary for the 1983 murder of Krishna devotee Charles Saint Denis. He was found guilty in January by a Preston County Circuit Court jury. The inmate said Thursday his lawyer intends to file a motion within a week in Preston County seeking a four-month extension to file an appeal of his conviction for the Saint Denis murder. Drescher said the motion would delay his extradition. He said a four-month extension is needed because his original lawyer has taken another job and Drescher needs time to discuss his murder conviction appeal with his new attorney, Mark Karl of Moundsville. Drescher, a native of Buffalo, N.Y., said he believes his constitutional rights were violated before, during and after the Saint Denis trial. He said he intends to file the appeal in the West Virginia Supreme Court. White said he believes Drescher has had his new lawyer for at least one month and has had enough time to prepare the appeal. He said he will urge the Preston County judge to deny any motions for an extension and urge the Marshall County judge to immediately extradite Descher to California should he approve the move.

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