Lexington slaying suspect to appear in court about extradition from Ohio

Governor's Warrant executed; hearing next

kward1@herald-leader.comNovember 9, 2011 

The man accused of killing a Lexington dermatologist is one step closer to being extradited to Kentucky.

On Monday, authorities in Logan County, Ohio, executed a governor's warrant for Marty L. Roe, who is being held in the Logan County Detention Center, according to a news release from the Office of the Fayette County Sheriff.

A hearing about Roe's extradition status will be scheduled, the release said.

Authorities in Lexington have been trying to get Roe returned to Kentucky so he can appear on charges in the fatal shooting of Dr. Martha Post. Post, 55, was shot as she left her office Sept. 1.

Last month, a judge in Logan County Common Pleas Court granted a prosecutor's motion to keep Roe in jail there for 60 more days. Prosecutors said the extra time was needed to give Lexington authorities time to get a governor's warrant ordering his return to Kentucky.

If Roe had waived extradition rather than fighting it, deputies would have been able to return him to Kentucky within 20 days, Fayette Sheriff Kathy Witt has said.

Roe, who was arrested in Lake view, Ohio, several days after the shooting, was initially arrested on an outstanding warrant stemming from allegations that he made harassing calls to Post.

Post's husband, Dr. Robert Truitt, has said that Roe had been stalking Post.

Roe had done renovation work at the office building where Truitt and his wife worked and had lived in the basement of the building for a while, Truitt said. He said Roe also did renovation work at their home.

An arrest warrant indicated that Post had fired Roe because of a drinking problem.

The warrant said investigators searching Roe's van found "a gun and bullets, with similar characteristics to the one used to shoot Ms. Post."

Ohio authorities are holding Roe as a fugitive on warrants out of Lexington for murder, tampering with physical evidence and harassing communications.

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