AUGUSTA, Ga. — The former University of Maine football player accused of wounding the mother of his child and fatally stabbing a man in Florida on March 7 went before a judge in Georgia on Monday and learned his extradition hearing was postponed, a jail official said.
Zedric Joseph, 23, of West Palm Beach, Fla., was arrested in Georgia on Wednesday in connection with the double stabbing in his hometown that claimed the life of Ricardy Chery, 23, and injured Vashti Laurore, 23, who is the mother of Joseph’s daughter. Laurore has a son by another father.
The extradition hearing took place around 2 p.m. in the judicial center in Augusta, Ga.. before Judge William D. Jennings III, the chief magistrate court judge.
“He went in front of the judge today and the judge said he he wanted to have a dispositional conference with [Joseph’s] attorney before he made a decision,” Capt. William Reeves of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said Monday. “They have rescheduled his extradition hearing for this Friday.”
At the hearing, Joseph “will be given the opportunity to waive extradition or demand extradition,” Jennings’ case manager said Monday. “If he waives, the state, Florida, will be able to come get him.
“If he demands extradition, Florida will have to apply for a governor’s waiver, [and] he’ll be here in Georgia for awhile waiting for the governor’s waiver to be drawn up,” she said.
Florida would be given 90 days to complete the paperwork, Jennings’ case manager said.
“If he does sign, we’ll notify Florida,” which will schedule his transportation south, Reeves said.
Florida police went to the 1600 block of Quail Lake Drive of Joseph’s hometown on March 7 and found Chery with multiple stab wounds and Laurore with a stab wound to her hand, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera has said.
Joseph lived with Laurore and their child in Orono in 2012, when he was accused of attacking her. UMaine police arrested Joseph for domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal threatening and misdemeanor assault on Dec. 17, 2012, after Laurore, whose name is spelled Vasthi Laurori in Maine court documents, told officers that he had choked her twice and threatened to kill her in a jealous rage.
The case was later plea-bargained to disorderly conduct, for which Joseph spent 48 hours in jail. He was also intermittently suspended from the school and the football team, UMaine officials have said, declining to provide details of the disciplinary action taken. He has been suspended from the university, where he is studying child development and family relations.
Once Joseph is returned to Florida, where he is expected to be formally charged with murder and two counts of aggravated assault, more information about the crime will be released, Barbera said.
Joseph was arrested by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. He is being held at the Richmond County Jail in Augusta, Ga.