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Murder suspect waives extradition


A Kentucky State University student accused of kidnapping and killing a car salesman has waived extradition from Maryland to West Virginia, where he is wanted on a murder warrant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter M. Semel said yesterday, after a brief hearing in U.S. District Court, that the government will drop federal charges against Ronald Anthony Brown, 20, of Frankfort, Ky., when Brown is turned over to West Virginia authorities.

Semel and the FBI used those charges -- interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle and a weapons count -- to hold Brown in Baltimore City Jail pending action by West Virginia officials in the murder case.

The FBI arrested Brown outside his girlfriend's home in Fort Meade last Thursday, about 12 hours after salesman John H. Putman Jr., 26, and a 1990 Toyota Camry disappeared from a car dealership in Frankfort.

A woman identified as Danna Haggy told authorities in Kentucky that Brown had told her that he planned to steal a car and kidnap and kill someone, the FBI said. Brown's mother told Frankfort police that she believed that her son had stolen a car to drive to Maryland to visit his girlfriend.

Putman's body was found Friday near Fellowsville, W.Va., about the time Brown was arrested in Maryland.

Brown also faces kidnapping and car-theft charges in Kentucky.

The FBI said Putnam left the Frankfort Toyota dealership about 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the company of a man who had asked to take a test drive. Employees at the dealership later reported that Putnam and the car were missing and Putnam's body was discovered in West Virginia on Friday.

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