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TOPEKAN WAIVES EXTRADITION, WILL RETURN FOR MURDER TRIAL

May 7, 1996

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A Topeka man arrested in New York after being accused of stabbing his girlfriend and driving with her body in a car for two days will be brought to Lawrence by the end of the week.

Angel Rivera, 34, Topeka, on Monday waived an option to fight extradition from New York to Kansas during a hearing in New York City, said Jerry Little, Douglas County assistant district attorney.

"They'll be going up to get him later in the week," Little said.

Rivera should arrive at the Douglas County Jail by the end of the week or the weekend, Little said.

He is charged here with a count of second-degree murder in the April 26 death of Trudy Poley, 30, Topeka.

Authorities allege Rivera stabbed Poley six times after the two got into an argument while traveling on Interstate 70, between the East Lawrence and West Lawrence interchanges.

Rivera then reportedly drove for two days with Poley's body in the passenger's seat of the car.

He was arrested April 28 in New York after his family members reportedly found Poley's body in the car.

The Douglas County Sheriff's office is handling the investigation here. Anyone who saw anything unusual April 26 on the turnpike is asked to call the department at 841-0007.

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