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Extradition hearing set for murder suspect

March 08, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

YUMA — A Winterhaven man being held in the Yuma County jail on suspicion of murder in Imperial County is expected to enter a decision on whether he will waive extradition during his court date March 16.

Michael Steven Phillips, 48, of Winterhaven is in custody on an Imperial County warrant for suspicion of murder and on a misdemeanor trespassing count.

Phillips was arrested on suspicion of murder in the death of Jay Bee Brown of Winterhaven. Brown's body was discovered in a wash near Picacho Road and the All-American Canal on Feb. 25. An autopsy determined Brown died of multiple stab wounds to his head, neck and torso that morning or late the preceding night.

At his March 16 court appearance, Phillips will likely enter his decision regarding extradition, said Imperial County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Sharon Stogner.

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The trespassing charge will likely be dropped, Stogner said.

If Phillips waives his extradition rights, he could be transferred to Imperial County Sheriff's custody within one to two days of his court appearance. If he fights extradition, his transfer would be delayed, Stogner said.

Phillips was arrested in a Yuma residential area the week after the murder. Imperial County Sheriff's deputies worked in conjunction with Yuma officers to apprehend Phillips.

Staff Writer Kelly Grant can be reached at 337-3441.

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