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A Boston man wanted for questioning in the shooting deaths of four people, including a toddler, agreed Monday to return to Massachusetts without fighting extradition from New Hampshire, where he was arrested last week on a fugitive-from-justice charge.
Kimani Washington, 35, is expected to be returned Oct. 12 and is scheduled for arraignment in Dorchester District Court in Boston the following day, said Jake Wark, a spokeswoman for Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley in Boston.
Wark said the delay was due to working with attorney schedules and to time needed to ensure security logistics.
Washington is charged in Massachusetts with weapons violations and receiving a stolen motor vehicle. He has not been charged with murder.
During a brief hearing in Manchester District Court, a police prosecutor asked a judge for time to make security arrangements and to ensure Washington has an attorney in Massachusetts.
Washington was arrested in Manchester after police traced him to an apartment there.
He appeared in court wearing an orange prison jump suit and hanging his head down. When asked by Judge Norman Champagne if he agreed to be returned to Massachusetts he answered, "Yes, sir."
Five people were found shot last Tuesday in Boston's Mattapan neighborhood. Killed were 2-year-old Amani Smith; his mother, 21-year-old Eyanna Flonory; her boyfriend, 21-year-old Simba Martin; and 22-year-old Levaughn Washum-Garrison. The fifth victim, 32-year-old Marcus Hurd, is hospitalized.
Two relatives of Flonory and Smith attended the hearing.
"We're hurting, our whole family is hurting," Teresa Payne told reporters afterward. "We want justice," she said, her voice breaking. "This is very, very, hard."
When they were asked if they thought Washington was the killer, family member Erik Jones said, "We can't answer that right now."
Before the extradition hearing began, Washington's attorney John Newman asked Champagne to bar cameras and recording devices from the courtroom. Champagne rejected the request.
"Mr. Washington objects to his face and his picture being associated with the larger case in Massachusetts," Newman said.
This program aired on October 4, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.
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