RENO, Nev. (775 Times, NV Globe) – A 77-year-old Reno man has returned to Hawaii to face charges in a 50-year-old murder case.
Tudor Chirila appeared in Reno Justice Court for the first time in September, appearing emaciated and untidy following his detention and claimed suicide attempt. He wasn’t your average murder suspect. He was prepared to represent himself and resist extradition as a former deputy attorney general and Supreme Court contender.
He is accused of murdering Nancy Anderson in her Honolulu residence in 1972. Chirila was a graduate assistant at the University of Hawaii at the time.
For decades, the crime went unresolved until a tip led authorities to Chirila, and a DNA sample supplied by his son confirmed suspicions. Chirila’s DNA was also extracted during his detention. He argued that it was done without his permission and highlighted the constitutional question of self-incrimination.
Typically, such concerns are brought during trial. A simple extradition hearing is held to answer two questions: Is the person in custody the same as the person named in the warrant, and is the warrant still valid?
That was ultimately all that mattered, but bringing up the constitutional issue prompted the judge to appoint a public defender and hold another hearing.
That slowed things down for a few weeks, but Hawaiian authorities apprehended Chirila late last week and returned him to Honolulu, where he will stand trial for murder in the coldest of cold cases.
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