AUGUSTA, Ga. — Florida law enforcement will have to apply for a warrant from the governor of Georgia to extradite a former University of Maine football player accused of wounding the mother of his child and fatally stabbing a man in Florida on March 7, a court official said Friday.
Zedric Joseph, 23, of West Palm Beach, Fla., was arrested in Georgia on March 12 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.
He went before Richmond County Magistrate Court Judge Stephen Shepard at the judicial center in Augusta, Ga. on Friday and decided not to sign the waiver of extradition, the chief magistrate court judge’s case manager said.
“We’re treating it as a demand [for extradition],” she said. “I’m about to notify the sheriff’s department that he did not waive extradition. He’ll be staying here until a governor’s warrant is awarded. Of course, he can change his mind at any time.”
Florida now has 90 days to complete the paperwork, the court official said.
Joseph fled to Georgia, where he was apprehended after the stabbings, and is expected to be formally charged with murder and two counts of aggravated assault once he is returned to Florida.
Florida police went to Quail Lake Drive in 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.
Once Joseph is returned to Florida more information about the crime will be released, Barbera said.
Joseph lived with Laurore, her son, 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 was suspended from the university on March 8, where he is studying child development and family relations.
Joseph was arrested by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. He is being held at the Richmond County Jail in Augusta, Ga.
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