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Man suspected in 4 killings in Ohio and arrested in Lawrence plans to waive extradition hearing, attorney says

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Post updated at 2:50 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10:

A man accused in the shooting deaths of four people in Butler Township, Ohio, does not plan to fight extradition back to the state to face charges, his attorney told the judge Wednesday.

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Stephen Marlow, 39, was arrested in Lawrence Saturday night, the day after Ohio authorities allege that Marlow killed four people, got on Interstate 70 and fled the state.

Lt. David Ernst of the Lawrence Police Department told media on Monday that he was not sure how local dispatch received information that Marlow might be in town, but officers had begun to check hotels and motels to look for Marlow. Officers found him traveling eastbound on 23rd Street near Ousdahl Road Saturday night, Ernst said.

An officer attempted a traffic stop, and Marlow pulled into the parking lot of Dillons grocery store, Ernst said. The officer and the suspect both got out of their vehicles and Marlow complied with officers, Ernst said.

JR Hacker / Contributed Photo Lawrence police investigate a vehicle that matches the description of one belonging to a suspect in a quadruple shooting in Ohio around 9:50 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022.

Marlow was booked into the Douglas County jail Saturday night and was being held without bond.

He had posted a two-minute video of himself online around the time of the shootings. In the video, reposted online by some Ohio news outlets, Marlow said he believed his family was “operated on with mind control.” He said his actions were for his family’s future, and he hoped that “if he survives,” his family would visit him in prison.

During a brief court hearing Wednesday afternoon, his appointed attorney told the Douglas County District Court judge that Marlow was planning to sign a waiver of extradition. Marlow is set to appear in court Thursday morning to sign those documents in front of the judge.

Marlow, appearing via video from the jail, did not show emotion or speak during the brief hearing.

All arrestees and defendants in criminal cases should be presumed not guilty unless and until they are convicted.

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Mackenzie Clark (she/her), reporter/founder of The Lawrence Times, can be reached at mclark (at) lawrencekstimes (dot) com. Read more of her work for the Times here. Check out her staff bio here.

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