AUGUSTA, Maine — A Thomas College student arrested by Waterville police earlier this week remained at the Kennebec County Jail after his first court appearance on Wednesday.
Eimel Evans, 19, who was taken into custody on a fugitive from justice charge, waived extradition to New York City, where he is facing multiple charges, Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney said Thursday.
Evans made his court appearance via video conference from the jail.
Evans, who graduated from Cony High School in Augusta in 2012, is facing charges of attempted murder, gang assault, assault and criminal possession of a firearm in connection with an incident in August 2012 in New York in which a man was shot, according to media reports.
Maloney said if Evans had not waived extradition proceedings, New York authorities would have to obtain a warrant from the governor in order to bring him back to the Empire State.
Now that Evans has waived extradition, New York authorities have 21 days to come to Maine to pick him up and return him to the Empire State to face charges, according to Evans’ attorney, Brad Grant.
Grant said that while it’s possible New York authorities will come to Maine to collect Evans, he’s not ruling out that it won’t happen.
“There are occasions where there are warrants out and the demanding state does not come and get the person,” Grant said Friday morning. “We do not know if that’s going to occur here.”
Should New York authorities not want to pick Evans up, he will next appear before a Kennebec County judge on April 17, his attorney said. Grant said Friday his client remained at the jail.
Evans told the judge he would not mind if New York police detectives came to pick him up.
“He wanted to go back and confront whatever issues he had to confront,” said Grant. “He [has] no problem allowing New York to come get him.”
Should he not be extradited within 21 days, the fugitive from justice charge against Evans could be dropped, according to his attorney.
“I suspect that no judge in Maine really wants to keep a person in custody where a demanding state refuses to come get him,” said Grant. “Nobody should be in custody if the [demanding] state does not intend to get him.”
Evans came to Cony High School during the 2011-12 school year and played basketball at the school before enrolling at Thomas College.
He has been suspended from the institution, according to a Morning Sentinel report.