A Colorado man accused of slaying a couple in Williams could be extradited to face charges in Arizona soon.
Derrick Barnett, 29, who is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Mike and Nora Dimuria in their Red Lakes home in May, is scheduled to have an extradition hearing on June 24.
Law enforcement officials in Arizona and Colorado have had to navigate a tangle of red tape after Barnett allegedly committed murder in Arizona, then fled to Colorado, where he had a number of outstanding warrants.
Although Barnett faces charges in both jurisdictions, the Dolores County District Attorney’s Office in Colorado has stated they will drop Barnett’s Colorado charges and allow him to be extradited pending a Governor’s Warrant being signed by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.
“My understanding is that they are going to waive their charges in Colorado because his charges in Arizona are more serious,” Coconino County Sheriff's Detective Pat Barr said.
The Governor’s warrant was necessary after Barnett refused to waive his rights to oppose extradition, demanding to face trial on the Colorado charges first. The warrant has already been signed by Gov. Doug Ducey, according to Coconino County Sheriff Jim Driscoll.
“Barnett did refuse to be voluntarily extradited to us” Driscoll said. “But I understand that Gov. Ducey has signed our warrant and we are just waiting for approval from Colorado to pick him up.”
Driscoll said the extradition hearing was simply a formality meant to confirm Barnett’s identity and to authenticate the Arizona arrest warrant against him.
Barr said the investigation against Barnett is near completion, with the sheriff’s office waiting for the Department of Public Safety to complete lab tests on 70 pieces of forensic evidence.
Barr would not discuss the evidence being tested, but he did say his team was confident that a grand jury would indict Barnett on all charges.
“Even without this evidence from the lab I feel confident a grand jury would issue a criminal complaint,” Barr said. “We have lock solid evidence against him.”