Suspect charged in Gould murder continues fighting extradition

Photo: William Alama Miller

The man jailed in connection to the murder of former Stone County resident Rebekah Gould has not signed a waiver of extradition from Oregon to Arkansas.

KNWA reports 44-year-old William Alama Miller remains in the Lane County Jail in Eugene, Oregon.

The state of Arkansas has a limited time to pick up Miller -until Dec. 23. Without the waiver being signed, the state of Arkansas will need to secure a governor’s warrant and present it to the state of Oregon to get Miller released and bring him to Arkansas to face the first-degree murder charge.

One requirement for interstate extradition on an Arkansas governor’s warrant is that the person named in the warrant is actually that person, also that the warrant has the appropriate signatures, according to Miller’s public defender Tucker Campbell.

would then have been held outside the legal time limit, says Campbell.

A writ of habeas corpus is used to bring a prisoner or other detainee before the court to determine if the person’s imprisonment or detention is lawful.

Miller was booked into the Lane County Jail on Nov. 8 at 1:30 a.m. for one felony count listed as “fugitive from another state,” according to the Oregon Crime New website.

The Fayetteville college student was 22 years old when she was killed on Sept. 20, 2004. Her body was found a week later on a hillside off Arkansas Highway 9 south of Melbourne in Izard County.

Early on, authorities in Izard County turned Gould’s investigation over to Arkansas State Police.

An ASP special agent with the Criminal Investigation Division, assigned to the case, learned Miller had returned to his Cottage Grove, Oregon, home after having been in the Philippines for a few years.

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