(12/23/2003)
Grantsville - John M. Richards, 39, has filed a second appeal to the West Virginia Supreme court, holding off his extradition to Ohio.

Richards was to have returned to Washington County to face criminal charges related to the abduction of a mother and teenage daughter from a car wash at Reno, Ohio. The incident happened in 2002.

Richards had appealed to the West Virginia Supreme Court to prevent his extradition, but the court ruled 3-2 a few weeks ago not to hear the case.

Braxton County prosecutor Brian Lanham had been looking at revoking Richards' $100,000 bond to facilitate his extradition, but said "That is no longer necessary since the court ruling."

Now, a second appeal made by Richards' attorney David Karickoff will hold off the extradition.

He is currently being held on home confinement.

Richards faces at least five other charges in Calhoun and Gilmer County.

Felony and misdemeanor counts are pending against Richards related to receiving about $13,275 in stolen property from three separate incidents. He has been free on $12,000 cash bond in Calhoun.


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