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Man Held In Colorado To Return To Montana To Face Murder Charge

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – A Billings man being held in Colorado will be sent back to Montana to face a charge of deliberate homicide in the slaying of his great-grandmother, the Yellowstone County attorney said Tuesday.

A Denver judge honored an extradition warrant issued by Gov. Steve Bullock for the return of Robert Alan Thompson, 19, during a court hearing on Monday, county attorney Scott Twito said.

Charging documents filed last month say Thompson told police after his arrest that he became angry when 77-year-old Shirley Lawrence talked to him about getting a job and told him that “he was going to be just like his father.”

Thompson previously refused to waive extradition proceedings after being arrested in Denver last month while driving Lawrence’s car.

Thompson is accused of beating and stabbing to death his great-grandmother on July 19. Police identified Thompson as a possible suspect because he had been staying with Lawrence and her car and television set were missing.

Denver police stopped the car after running the license plate and learning it may be connected to a killing.

Yellowstone County has until Sept. 11 to arrange for Thompson’s return. County officials plan to have him back in the state for arraignment by the end of next week, Twito said.

Thompson was represented by a court-appointed attorney for the extradition proceedings, and it was not immediately clear whether he has a Montana lawyer for the deliberate homicide charge.

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