An Oklahoma man accused of the 1973 shotgun slayings of two Olivehurst girls has agreed to waive extradition and return to the state to face murder charges.
Creek County District Attorney Max Cook said Thursday that 65-year-old Larry Don Patterson waived extradition during a hearing before a judge in the Oklahoma county, which is just southwest of Tulsa.
Patterson and his cousin,William Lloyd Harbour, face murder charges in the deaths of 12-year-old Valerie Janice Lane and 13-year-old Doris Karen Derryberry.
Harbour, 65, was arraigned Wednesday in Yuba Superior Court in Marysville.
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Patterson and Harbour are scheduled to appear in Yuba Superior Court on Oct. 19.
Patterson was being held without bond in the Creek County jail, but Cook says he believes California officials will return Patterson to the state “fairly quickly.”
A law enforcement task force arrested Patterson on Tuesday in the rural town of Oakhurst, Okla. Harbour was arrested in California.
Bee Staff Writer Cathy Locke contributed