Michael Registe's extradition hearing is scheduled for this Thursday, but that might not mean he's any closer to returning to Georgia.
Registe, the Columbus man accused of fatally shooting Randy Newton Jr., 21, and Bryan Kilgore, 20, on July 20, 2007, is believed by authorities to have fled the country shortly after their deaths. The 25-year-old was captured in late August on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten, where he is currently being held.
Local prosecutors worked with the U.S. Department of Justice to get legal documents, including an assurance the death penalty wouldn't be sought, to Netherlands Antilles officials. Rienk Mud, a prosecutor on the case, said the hearing would happen before October's end because a treaty between his country and the United States states America has 60 days to get the proper paperwork to the Netherlands to start the extradition process.
Remco Stomp, Registe's attorney on the island, said his client will fight the process if the high court decides to extradite him.
"We will fight it all the way to the Supreme Court of the Netherlands," Stomp said.