Texas murder suspect extradition hearing set for Jan. 18
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - A Texas teen’s extradition hearing is set for later this month in Hall County Court.
Hall County Judge Alfred Corey III scheduled the hearing for 18-year-old Tyler Roenz for January 18 at 4 p.m.
The State said during a hearing on Tuesday that they have the proper paperwork from Texas and are just waiting for Nebraska’s governor to sign to finalize the extradition documents.
Roenz’s attorney said they just want to have a hearing but did request the teen could appear in person for the January 18 hearing. He’s only appeared via video conference from the jail.
Back in November, the prosecution asked for more time as they await a governor’s warrant for Roenz. This was initially after the teen said he wouldn’t waive his extradition during his first court appearance back in October.
Roenz is facing a fugitive from justice charge in Nebraska.
And in Harris County, Texas, he is charged with murder, tampering with a human corpse, sexual assault and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
In October, troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol were notified of a vehicle that may have been involved in a homicide out of Texas that could be traveling through Nebraska.
Troopers eventually located the vehicle on Interstate 80 near Wood River, attempted to stop it but the driver took off.
The vehicle eventually crashed with law enforcement finding Tyler’s mother, Michelle’s body in the trunk.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office in Texas said Michelle Roenz died from strangulation and blunt force trauma.