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Sam Littleton, charged with killing girlfriend's daughter, fights extradition from W. Va. to Ohio

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Supsected killer, Sam Littleton, fights extradition from W. Va.
Sam Littleton
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(CBS/ WOWK) PRINCETON, W. Va. - In his second court appearance Thursday, Sam Littleton, a man charged in the stabbing death of his girlfriend's daughter and wanted for questioning in the disappearance of an elderly Ohio couple, contested extradition back to his home state of Ohio, just one day after he was captured in West Virginia.

Littleton, 37, faces multiple charges in Ohio, including first-degree murder and kidnapping, reports CBS affiliate WOWK. A Mercer County Circuit Court judge ordered him held without bail pending resolution of the extradition. Littleton appeared in court Thursday morning on a fugitive warrant.

He was apprehended Wednesday morning in the woods behind a Wal-Mart store in Princeton, West Virginia, about 300 miles from the home of 84-year-old Richard Russell and his 84-year-old wife, Gladis, who have been missing since Feb. 16.

Littleton allegedly drove the couple's green Mercury Grand Marquis to West Virginia, but authorities have yet to determine Littleton's connection to the disappearance of the elderly couple. Authorities say they have "serious concerns" about whether the couple is alive after blood was found in their car.

Littleton was charged in absentia with the death of 26-year-old Tiffany Brown, whose body was found in Littleton's basement last week Wednesday. He is also charged with felonious assault, abuse of corpse and tampering with evidence in her death.

Littleton's ex-wife, Tammy Queen, told Dayton's WHIO-TV that she knew Littleton as a charmer who liked knives and once tried to stab her while he was drunk. She didn't tell police about it because she feared for her life, she said.

Littleton's next hearing is scheduled for March 21, 2011. He will be held in the Southern Regional Jail until that time.

Investigators continue to search for Richard and Gladis Russell.


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