PORTLAND, Maine — A New York man arrested this week in the death of a Westbrook woman waived extradition Thursday and will be taken to Maine later this month to face a murder charge in court.
Anthony Pratt, 19, of Far Rockaway, Queens, N.Y., is now scheduled to appear in Queens County (N.Y.) Criminal Court on April 12 for the purpose of arranging a transportation date, according to an announcement issued Thursday afternoon by the city of Portland.
Pratt is not expected to be moved to Maine before April 19, the city announcement stated.
Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck announced the arrest of Pratt in Margarita Fisenko Scott’s death during a news conference in Maine’s largest city Wednesday. The chief said more arrests may be made in the case.
The body of Scott, 29, was discovered on Jan. 17 in an SUV parked at a motel. Police believe she was killed by a single gunshot wound in a first-floor apartment at 266 West Concord St. sometime during November 2012 and the body was dumped at the motel site.
Scott was estranged from her husband, Cary Scott, at the time of the slaying, Sauschuck said. The chief described Cary Scott on Wednesday as “a loving family member” and stressed that he was never a serious suspect in the case.
Sauschuck said during his news conference the firearm used in the killing was stolen in a central Maine burglary, then sold on the underground market in Portland, but he declined to provide additional details on the gun history, including whether police believe Pratt purchased the firearm directly.
Scott’s body was found in the back seat of a red 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer registered to her husband.
Police have said Margarita Fisenko Scott’s family had not had contact with her since well before Christmas, and that Cary Scott had reached out to police for help finding her. It was Cary Scott who reportedly then discovered the body at the motel parking lot after a friend told the husband he saw the vehicle there.
An anonymous tip then led investigators to the West Concord Street apartment, where Sauschuck said Fisenko Scott had been staying “off and on” since leaving her husband.