Extradition Delayed for Woman Charged in Slaying
The extradition hearing for a West Virginia woman wanted in connection with the 2002 shooting death of her husband in Moore County was delayed Monday, according to a West Virginia television station.
Judge William J. Sadler agreed in a Mercer County courtroom to give North Carolina more time to complete paperwork pertaining to the extradition of Melissa Rovnak, according to the WVVA-TV website.
Rovnak, 44, is wanted in connection with the shooting death of her husband, Scott Rovnak, in Moore County in December 2002.
Sadler also denied defense motions requesting bond or home confinement for Rovnak, WVVA reported.
Scott Rovnak was found shot to death in his home on Roseland Road near Aberdeen on Dec. 29, 2002 by his wife and two of their children after they had returned from a three-day trip.
He had been shot one time in the back of the head. The death was initially reported as a suicide but no weapon was found.
Melissa Rovnak was arrested in Mercer County, W. Va., on June 18 after investigators developed more information in the case.
Officials in the Moore County District Attorney's office have said it is extremely rare for a person to fight extradition.
Representatives from the Moore County Sheriff’s Office said following her arrest that Rovnak has long been a person of interest in the ongoing investigation because the department “didn’t have enough information to eliminate her as a subject.”
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