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COLON FIGHTS EXTRADITION; WARRANT FOR RETURN TO BE SOUGHT

Angel R. Colon, considered a key suspect in the killing of Samantha Zaldivar, probably won't be returning to Western New York for at least a month, after contesting extradition in a Florida court appearance Monday.

Colon, 23, who faces charges of resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration in Wyoming County, was held without bond after his court appearance before Florida Circuit Court Judge Gerald Klein.

Wyoming County District Attorney Gerald L. Stout now will prepare the documents seeking a governor's warrant to have Colon returned to New York State.

But Stout conceded that that process will take several weeks, unless Colon changes his mind about extradition. Colon is scheduled to appear in a Florida courtroom again Aug. 20.

Meanwhile, the district attorney said he hopes to take the Samantha Zaldivar case to a grand jury but not until forensic tests are completed on the physical evidence in the case.

"We're not in a position to prepare for the grand jury until we get the results from the forensic tests," Stout said.

Asked about reports that Rachel Stra, Samantha's mother and Colon's girlfriend, might testify before a grand jury, possibly with immunity, Stout said it would be natural for the victim's mother to take the stand.

But he refused to discuss whether she might be granted immunity to testify.

U.S. marshals arrested Colon Friday while he stayed with friends in Homestead, Fla., near Miami.

The U.S. marshal's office worked with the FBI and the Wyoming County sheriff's and district attorney's offices in trying to locate Colon.

The two misdemeanor charges were lodged when Colon was accused of trying to stop sheriff's deputies and social workers from taking his two younger daughters March 4, six days after Samantha was reported missing.

A farmer plowing his field near Samantha's home found the 7-year-old girl's body in May.

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