Sunday, March 9, 2014
WATERVILLE — An extradition hearing is set for Wednesday to return a Thomas College student to New York City, to face criminal charges, including attempted murder.
Eimel E. Evans
The hearing for Eimel E. Evans, 19, is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Waterville District Court.
Maeghan Maloney, district attorney for Somerset and Kennebec counties, said Evans will be assigned an attorney and asked whether he will waive the extradition process to New York, or object to the process.
If he waives the proceeding in court and agrees to surrender to New York authorities, police there have 21 days to come to Maine to take him back to stand trial.
If he objects to the extradition process, New York authorities then must obtain a warrant from the governor of that state to bring him back. The so-called governor’s warrant would be served on Evans by New York authorities at the Kennebec County jail, where he is being held without bail.
“That typically doesn’t occur; people usually waive extradition,” Maloney said Tuesday. “If they don’t waive extradition, they start serving what’s called dead time as opposed to time that you can get time-served for. That’s why people typically don’t object to extradition.”
Evans, a Thomas freshman who graduated from Cony High School in Augusta in 2012, is charged in Maine with being a fugitive from justice. The charges facing him in New York are criminal firearm possession, first-degree assault and gang assault, which stem from a August 2012 shooting in New York City.
Waterville police arrested Evans Monday morning at his campus dormitory, assisting New York Police Department detectives who had come to Maine to arrest him.
The college since has suspended him, pending the outcome of the criminal charges.
Evans, who played basketball and football at Cony in 2012, is enrolled in business management at Thomas College in Waterville.
A spokeswoman for the office of the New York Police Department’s deputy commissioner of public information said Evans was one of five men who allegedly beat another man to the ground. The man was then shot multiple times by one of five, she said, which resulted in the attempted murder charge. The victim survived, she said.
The incident took place at night at the corner of St. Nicholas Avenue and West 114th Street in Manhattan’s 28th precinct. The motive may have been gang-related, the spokeswoman said.
All of the charges are felonies, she said.
Doug Harlow — 612-2367