Burton extradition still on hold as judge grants extension
Murder suspect Matthew Burton will remain in Maryland for at least another week. Judge Lloyd Whitehead of the Maryland District Court on Oct. 25 granted a request for an extension of the State of Delaware’s time to complete a request for Burton’s extradition. The State cited paperwork issues as the reason for requesting the extension.
It was the second such extension granted to the State of Delaware, after Maryland Judge Gerald Purnell previously granted the State a 30-day extension. The State had requested the first extension due, officials said, to extraditions not being “a simple process” and being one that “involves a lot of paperwork.”
A third extradition hearing is scheduled for Nov. 7 at 1 p.m. in the Worcester County District Court in Snow Hill, Md.
Burton, who was arrested last year in connection with the murder of 35-year-old Nicole Bennett of Millsboro, had been extradited to Maryland in August of 2012, after being charged with first- and second-degree murder by Maryland State Police, in connection with the homicide.
On June 15, 2012, Bennett’s body was discovered in an embankment off of Swamp Road in Worcester County, Md., near the Delaware state line, just an hour after her husband, Kevin, filed a missing person’s report with the Delaware State Police.
According to Kevin Bennett, his wife had not returned home from the Bay Shore Community Church in Gumboro, where she had reportedly been working late the prior evening.
Bennett’s body was discovered on the Maryland side of the Maryland-Delaware state line, but she had last been seen in Delaware, leading to questions about whether the crime was committed in Maryland or Delaware and which state would have jurisdiction over the case. Burton, a convicted sex-offender, was arrested near Lewes several days after Bennett’s body was found.