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Extradition Attempt For Cold Case Trial
By redding.com
Published: 02/11/2011

A suspected killer serving a maximum 10-year prison sentence at the foreboding Iowa State Penitentiary for sexual assault is fighting his return to Shasta County to stand trial for a nearly 20-year-old murder in Redding.

But Brian Eric Norton, 43, who police say was linked through DNA evidence last year to the rape and murder of 53-year-old Despina Magioudis in Redding, is nearing the final stages of his extradition fight, a spokesman for the Iowa Department of Corrections said Thursday.

Norton so far has refused to return from Iowa to California. He is due to appear within the next week or so in a Lee County courtroom in Fort Madison, Iowa, where a judge will ask him if he will waive extradition, said IDOC spokesman Fred Scaletta.

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