Second extradition hearing to be held for Burton, Oct. 25
On Friday, Oct. 25, a Maryland judge could order the extradition of 29-year-old Matthew Burton of Dagsboro back to Delaware.
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 the 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., 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.
In September, in considering the State of Delaware’s request to extradite Burton to Delaware, Judge Gerald Purnell of the Maryland District Court granted the State of Delaware its requested 30-day extension of its warrant. The State had requested the extension due, officials said, to extraditions not being “a simple process” and being one that “involves a lot of paperwork.”
The new hearing was to take place on Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. in at the District Court for Worcester County in Snow Hill, Md., after Coastal Point’s print deadline. For information on the hearing’s outcome, visit www.coastalpoint.com or www.facebook.com/coastalpoint or pick up the Nov. 1 edition of the Coastal Point.