Extradition hearing in 1982 murder continued until Wednesday
A Caribbean night watchman accused in the 1982 murder of a Carson City teen will appear before a chief magistrate in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, on Wednesday to continue his fight against extradition.
David Winfield Mitchell, 60, appeared Monday morning on the Carson City warrant charging open murder before Chief Magistrate Sherman McNicolls at the Eighth Magistrate’s Court.
Sunita Harrikissoon, legal executive representing the U.S. government, said he appeared unfazed during the two-hour hearing.
“The court will hear him on Wednesday, and we’ll respond,” she said. “The court will make the decision if it’ll permit the person to be extradited or not.”
Mitchell was represented by attorney Leon Gookool.
On Jan. 6, 1982, Sheila Harris, 18, was found murdered in her Foothill Gardens Apartment at the corner of Lompa Lane and Long Street.
The 1981 Miss Douglas County had been strangled, raped and beaten.
Mitchell was the complex’s maintenance man with pass keys to all the apartments.
He was arrested in the case in 1986, but released for lack of evidence.
DNA testing done in 2000 on fluids found on Harris’ body and clothing came back as matching Mitchell’s hair, blood and saliva samples he submitted in 1987.
U.S. investigators, with the help of international police, located Mitchell in Trinidad in 2004. He was arrested Aug. 18 by Interpol officers at his job as a night watchman in Mount Hope.