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Suspect agrees to extradition in California homicide

LOCKPORT - A Niagara County man wanted in connection with a Los Angeles homicide agreed Wednesday to be extradited to California without a hearing.

Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III gave Los Angeles County authorities 30 days to pick up Kevin W. Jones at the Niagara County Jail A grand jury indicted Jones on a murder charge in a killing that occurred March 23. Niagara Falls police arrested Jones, 48, May 1 on a bail jumping charge stemming from a December 2011 incident in which he was charged with criminal mischief for allegedly throwing a small dresser through a window of his mother’s house during a standoff with police.

Jones, who proclaimed his innocence of the murder charge in court Wednesday, delayed action in the case a day by rejecting a public defender Tuesday and refusing to answer Murphy’s questions about his stated determination to represent himself. Wednesday, Jenelle Messer of the Conflict Defender’s Office represented Jones.