ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – The man accused in a string of deadly hammer attacks in Lakewood and Aurora in 1984 appeared in court on Tuesday. Alexander Christopher Ewing has been detained in a Nevada prison since 1985 on an unrelated case. His motion to fight extradition was denied by the Nevada Supreme Court.

Alex Christopher Ewing

Alex Christopher Ewing (credit: Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office)

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In 2018, police in Colorado announced that modern DNA science had linked Ewing to the attacks in Colorado Patricia Louise Smith was beaten to death with a hammer in her home in Lakewood.

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Patricia Louise Smith (credit: CBS)

Three of the four members of the Bennett family were murdered with a claw hammer in Aurora. Only 3-year-old Vanessa survived.

(credit: Bennett family)

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Ewing is being held at the Arapahoe County Detention Facility. He is due in court later this month.