Johnson City man charged in 2008 Louisiana murder waives extradition

Becky Campbell • Mar 18, 2013 at 4:16 PM

A Johnson City man waived extradition to Louisiana Monday on a murder charge that apparently stems from a 2008 gang shooting.

Richard Shelby Jr., 27, 217 Highland Ave., Johnson City, was arrested Friday after a police officer made a traffic stop on a car that failed to yield the right of way.

During a brief appearance before Washington County General Sessions Judge James Nidiffer, Shelby seemed confused at times about the proceeding.

Nidiffer explained extradition and the bench warrant charging Shelby with murder and asked if he wanted a hearing or wished to waive extradition.

“Yeah, let them come get me,” Shelby said. Then he asked Nidiffer if he should waive extradition “if I don’t think they have a good case.”

Nidiffer told Shelby he would probably wind up in Louisiana whether he fought extradition or not, so Shelby eventually agreed to allow Louisiana authorities to come get him.

“Just send me on back,” he said.

Shelby was a passenger in the vehicle Johnson City police stopped on Friday, but didn’t have any identification. Officers were able to determine his identity, discovered the murder warrant and arrested him.

Police were already aware Shelby was in the area, according to a court affidavit. An officer received information in October 2012 that Shelby was living on Highland Avenue. But police were apparently never able to arrest Shelby, at least not until the Friday traffic stop.

According to the Thibodaux Daily Comet newspaper, Shelby was one of three men arrested after a July 14, 2008 drive-by shooting that left a Lafourche Parish man dead.

The three were apparently looking for another man who had confronted Shelby hours earlier at a night club. The man shot, Derrick Boveland, was not who the three were looking for, but was Shelby and his friends reportedly mistook Boveland for member of a rival gang.

According to news accounts, Shelby and one other man were arrested shortly after the shooting and Shelby was held on a $10,000 bond. By the time he was indicted on the murder charge in July 2010, Shelby was no longer in Louisiana and the sheriff’s office there issued a warrant.

In the event Louisiana authorities don’t pick Shelby up within 10 business days, Nidiffer will hold a hearing to determine what to do at that point.

Shelby remained in the Washington County Detention Center under a $250,000 bond, but he is prohibited from posting bond until the 10 days expire.

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