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Dec 10, 1998

Rhett Fuller’s attorneys argue against his extradition

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The extradition hearing for a Belizean businessman Rhett Fuller wanted by the United States in connection with a Florida murder in 1989 began today in the Magistrate’s Court. This morning defense attorney Eamon Courtenay argued that the affidavit submitted by the U.S. was not authenticated because it did not bear the seal of a witness under oath nor did it contain the signature of a Minister of Justice. Courtenay argued that one or both of these are required under sections 14 and 15 of the extradition act.

This afternoon Attorney Kirk Anderson argued that some of the evidence being presented implicating Fuller in the crime was based on hearsay. He cited two instances as being inadmissible: one, the doctor who gave evidence was not the same doctor who performed the postmortem on the deceased Larry Miller and two, that one of the witnesses reportedly said he did not know Fuller but he was identified to him by another person. The case continues tomorrow.

Fuller is wanted by the U.S. to stand trial for the murder of Larry Miller which reportedly occurred in Dade County nine years ago during a drug deal gone bad. Two other accused, Carlos Cuello and Alex Napolito have become witnesses for the prosecution and are alleging that Rhett Fuller was the triggerman.

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