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Man fights extradition in '64 Va. case

A lawyer says a 77-year-old retired postal worker will fight his transfer in custody from Las Vegas to Virginia to face a murder charge in the slaying of his then-wife 45 years ago.

The move could postpone extradition for Donald James Long for a month or more. A Clark County District Court hearing was postponed Tuesday until Thursday.

Outside court, attorney Michael Pariente called Long “totally innocent” of the December 1964 strangulation of 30-year-old Naomi Fulcher Long in Hopewell, Va.

Pariente blames his client's recent indictment in Virginia on testimony from a woman Pariente calls a bitter ex-wife.

Long was arrested Friday by U.S. marshals in Las Vegas and is being held at the Clark County jail. Pariente says Long has lived in Las Vegas for 25 years.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 17, 2010; 2:57 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Homicide , Updates , Virginia  
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