Prosecutor foresees no problem with Registe extradition

Michael Jason Registe, the Columbus man police say killed two Hardaway High School graduates in July 2007, is headed to an extradition hearing on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten.

A prosecutor in the case, though, said he doesn't foresee any problems with returning Registe to Georgia.

Rienk Mud, a Netherlands Antilles prosecutor, said his government has received the paperwork necessary to extradite Registe from the United States. That paperwork, composed of police affidavits and legal assurances the death penalty won't be sought for Registe, were prepared under the assumption that he wouldn't waive extradition.

"He (Registe) has chosen not to go back to the states voluntarily — what we call 'the short way,' " Mud said.

Because of that choice, the Netherlands Antilles' high court will decide the extradition issue and their governor will have the final say. Mud, however, said he didn't expect any problems with the issue because District Attorney Gray Conger waived the death penalty.

Conger has said that waiver was a large part of the documentation he sent to the U.S. Department of Justice. The Dutch authorities required death be taken off the table as a potential punishment for Registe as part of the deal in his extradition.

"There shouldn't be any problems," Mud said. "I don't expect any problems. You never know what might pop up."

The prosecutor said the hearing would happen before October's end because a treaty between his country and the United States says America has 60 days to get the proper paperwork to the Netherlands to start the extradition process.

Registe, 25, was captured Aug. 27.

A former Spencer High School athlete, Registe is accused of the July 20, 2007, execution-style shooting deaths of Randy Newton Jr., 21, and Bryan Kilgore, 20. Both men were found in the parking lot of Cross Creek Apartments on Steam Mill Road.