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Man charged in 1984 Columbia rape case will not waive extradition


The man accused of rape and attempted murder in 1984 in Northeast Columbia has decided not to waive extradition.

James Wilson, 59, of Mooresville North Carolina, was arrested after DNA connected him to the crime.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation grabbed some of his trash and found a disposable razor with hair in the blades. The razor and other items were sent to the Columbia Police Department. The razor was then sent for DNA analysis, where it then matched the profile from the rape kit, according to a probable cause statement.

Wilson was charged with rape and first-degree assault last week.

Roger Johnson -- the prosecutor in the case -- detailed on Wednesday what happens next after Wilson decided to not waive extradition. 

"The prosecutor in the other state has to file a fugitive complaint, which is just a charge that allows them to be held out of state on a warrant in Missouri," Johnsons said. "Then the person is brought before a judge. They're entitled to an attorney at that point and they decide whether or not they'd want extradition."

If Wilson waived his extradition, he would have been sent to Boone County, a process that could have taken nearly two weeks, according to Johnson.   

"The process for if somebody doesn't waive, the judge can then continue to the case in one time for 30 days and then an additional time for 60 days," Johnson said. "And so my understanding is that he did not waive, and the case is reset for the first extradition hearing in 30 days."

Johnson said sometimes people decide not to waive extradition because they want to challenge the charge or they're in a position in which they don't feel like agreeing to anything. 

Wilson is currently being held in the Iredell County Jail in North Carolina with a $1 million bond. 

ABC17 tried reaching out to Wilson's attorney in North Carolina, but they have not responded back yet.

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