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Rashid Ali Bynum appears in court in killing of Sayreville, N.J. Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour

Rashid Ali Bynum back in court in killing of Eunice Dwumfour
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NEW YORK - Rashid Ali Bynum, the man charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Sayreville, New Jersey, Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour, was back in a Virginia courtroom Friday.

Bynum, 28, walked into the Virginia court for a bond hearing. Prosecutors in New Jersey say he's the man who shot and killed Dwumfour, as she sat outside of her apartment complex in February.

In court, Bynum's attorney said, "I don't feel comfortable asking my client to waive extradition without a competency evaluation."

The councilwoman's family and pastor are overwhelmed.

"They've got real, tangible loss that they are still trying to understand and come to terms with," said the family's attorney, John Wisniewski.

Wisniewski says the councilwoman had returned from a shopping trip when she was murdered.

"So, how did he know that she would be where she was when she was," he said. "Or did somebody say, 'Oh, Eunice is leaving now,' and-- we don't know."

Dwumfour had married Peter Ezechukwu before she was killed.

His United States attorney tells us while the arrest won't bring back his wife, it "represents an opportunity to begin processing the trauma" and that "she is the great love his life, and he intends to continue honoring her memory through his ministry."

Prosecutors say Bynum's contact information was in Dwumfour's phone under her church's acronym. A church leader tells CBS2 Dwumfour, a pastor there, counseled Bynum five years ago.

Prosecutors say Bynum came to Sayreville in a white Hyundai. They also say witnesses tell them a white Hyundai was suspiciously parked on Gondak Drive, about a quarter of a mile away from from where Dwumfour was shot and killed.

Bynum has not spoken during his court appearances, and his attorney did not comment to our CBS station in Virginia.  

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