Murder Suspect Not Returning to W.Va. Soon
By ALAN OLSON
WHEELING — While two suspects have been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting on Wheeling Island, it could be some time before they’re returned to West Virginia to face charges.
On Wednesday, Danny Ivan Mendoza, 25, of Maryland, and Mai’ehia Lane-Plater, 22 of Wheeling, were arrested in Maryland after being charged in connection with the shooting death of Joseph Edward Harrison, 25, of Cleveland, last Monday. Mendoza faces a murder charge and Lane-Plater faces a charge of accessory after the fact.
However, Wheeling police spokesman Philip Stahl said that Lane-Plater has declined extradition back to West Virginia to face charges, and that Mendoza has not yet been formally charged because he is currently being processed on outstanding warrants in Maryland.
“(Mendoza) is in line to face those Maryland charges before being released and extradited back here,” Stahl said. “He has a weapons charge, and he’ll face those charges first before we move on the charges back here, since he’s already in their custody.”
Lane-Plater declined to waive her extradition hearing, and Stahl said police will likely need a governor’s warrant for her extradition hearing, which is set for Sept. 20 in Maryland.
“She personally denied extradition. … It sounds to me like we’ll need to get a governor’s warrant for extradition,” Stahl said.
A governor’s warrant is issued to obtain the presence of a person in one state when the person is in custody in another state.
Mendoza and Lane-Plater were arrested Wednesday afternoon by the Montgomery County Police Department, in a Washington, D.C. suburb in Maryland. Until either is returned to be arraigned in West Virginia, details regarding the homicide case are publicly unavailable.
On Monday, Harrison was found shot several times along Delaware Street on Wheeling Island. He was unresponsive at the time police found him around 4:10 p.m., and died of his injuries later that night at Wheeling Hospital.