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Homicide suspect McLinn turned over to state authorities; extradition hearing likely to be waived

January 29, 2014, 10:59 a.m. Updated January 29, 2014, 3:44 p.m.

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Sarah Brooke Gonzales McLinn

Sarah Brooke Gonzales McLinn

This screenshot taken from a public photo on Ashley McLinn's Facebook page shows Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn in 2013. Sarah McLinn, 19, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Harold Sasko, 52, of Lawrence.

This screenshot taken from a public photo on Ashley McLinn's Facebook page shows Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn in 2013. Sarah McLinn, 19, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Harold Sasko, 52, of Lawrence.

Sarah Brooke Gonzales McLinn is expected to waive an extradition hearing in state court in Miami Thursday so that she may “return to Kansas as soon as possible,” according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Watts-Fitzgerald.

The office of Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said on Wednesday that McLinn was being processed into state custody in Florida where she will appear before a state court judge at a time unknown to Branson. Branson’s office added in a news release that it planned to provide another update on McLinn on Thursday afternoon.

Earlier this week, Branson charged McLinn, 19, with first-degree murder and accused her of killing Harold Sasko, 52, on or around Jan. 14 with an "edged instrument" that investigators now have in their possession.

Linda Friar, an Everglades National Park spokeswoman, said that "weapons were found" in addition to an undisclosed controlled substance when McLinn was found after 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the park. She had been living with Sasko in the 2900 block of West 26th Street since 2012 and once worked for him at one of the three CiCi's Pizza restaurants he owned.

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