Alleged killer of Wichita Falls native Susan Miller Loper appeared in an Arizona courtroom Tuesday and told County Judge Mark Moran he refused to be voluntarily extradited to Texas.
This is the second such hearing in which Terrance Black announced his desire to remain in Arizona.
Susan Miller Loper was a 1979 graduate of Wichita Falls Rider High School.
Terrance Black, 48, was moving more slowly today than he was on April 22 when he fled from park rangers and leaped off the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Black appeared in the Coconino County courtroom wearing a halo, which is common for people suffering from back and neck injuries.
His injuries may have resulted from his 25-foot dive off the rim of America’s most famous canyon to a ledge below.
While Texas Rangers have already trekked to Arizona in hopes of returning the fugitive to the Lone Star State, a new hearing has been set for June 28 in Flagstaff.
If Black refuses voluntary extradition on June 28, he will have yet another hearing in Arizona.
Susan Miller Loper was a multi-talented native of Wichita Falls who appeared in Off-Broadway plays and musicals in New York City after being raised in this city of 105,000 near the Red River.
After leaving New York, she moved to Frisco, Texas where she worked as a physical fitness instructor.
She was planning on realizing a lifelong dream of opening her own business when she disappeared from the Plano Gleneagles Country Club on April 19.
Tragically, her body was found in a field off the Dallas North Tollway on April 20.
Marla Malone, of Wichita Falls, said Susan Miller Loper had been her best friend since high school days.
Malone said that everyone who met Susan loved her.
Her parents and many friends still live in Wichita Falls.
While Black evidently prefers his free room and board in the Arizona jail cell to his upscale home in Texas, time is running out for him.
He must be extradited within 90 days. At the end of that time he will either receive an all expenses paid return trip to the Lone Star State or be released.
His inability to make a million-dollar bond stands between him and freedom.
After Black was arrested on the ledge of the Grand Canyon, the State of Texas sent a request for extradition to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.
Since there is no real legal defense to extraditing a fugitive from Arizona to Texas, there is little doubt Black will eventually receive his free trip complete with Texas law enforcement officials as his escorts back to the Lone Star State.
Law enforcement agencies working on the case include United States Marshals, the Plano Police Department and Texas Rangers.
Memorial donations may be made to a trust fund which has been set up for Susan Miller Loper’s son Jake.
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