A man who was being held in Virginia on charges that he murdered a woman in Frederick County earlier this year was extradited back to Maryland on Thursday where he was formally charged.

Lemuel Lee Roberts, 32, was taken into custody Jan. 11 by law enforcement officials in Frederick County, Virginia, according to previous stories published in The Frederick News-Post. His arrest came just a few hours after the mutilated body of his ex-wife, Kaitlin Nichole Roberts, was found near English Muffin Court and English Muffin Way in Frederick County, Maryland.

Lemuel Roberts’ vehicle, which appeared to have been lit on fire, and some of his other possessions, including his phone, were also found elsewhere at around the same time Kaitlin Roberts’ body was discovered, previous stories stated.

Lemuel Roberts, facing a single charge of first-degree murder, appeared before Frederick County District Court Judge Dino E. Flores Jr. on Thursday. Flores promptly ordered Roberts to be held in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center pending future court dates.

Flores also scheduled a preliminary hearing in Roberts’ case for Aug. 24, court records indicate.

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Jeremy Arias is the Frederick city and government reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

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phydeaux994

I love it. It took the new guy/gal about 30 seconds to figure out the RRR(RadicalRightRepublicans)/BTT(BullyTagTeam). 😂🤣😷

bosco

Yes or no answer, Fido, do you still beat your wife? Yes or no only. Yes or no only.

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C.D.Reid

Are you talking about NewMarketParent, the newest member of the LLBTT (Liberal Left Bully Tag Team,) fido?

gabrielshorn2013

This person extradition is no different that the 287g process. Thanks to VA for making the call.

bosco

Good point, gabriel. [thumbup][ninja]

C.D.Reid

Excellent point, gabe. [thumbup]

DickD

So, you think that Virginia holding and reporting the criminal is the same Gabe. That's quite a stretch even for you.

gabrielshorn2013

How so Dick?

Scenario 1: Person gets arrested and taken to VA jail. Jail does an outstanding warrant check. Jail finds Frederick County MD has an outstanding warrant. Jail calls Frederick County informing them that they have Frederick County's fugitive. Frederick County picks up fugitive.

Scenario 2: Person gets arrested and taken to Frederick County Detention Center. FC Detention Center does an outstanding warrant check. FC Detention Center finds ICE has an outstanding deportation order. FC Detention Center calls ICE informing them that they have ICE's fugitive. ICE picks up fugitive, and pays FC Detention Center holding costs

Seems pretty straightforward and easy to understand, Dick, even for you..[wink]

NewMarketParent

Scenario 4

Undocumented person does work for Person Y (U.S. Citizen) who promises to pay person X for their work.

Person Y decides that they don't want to pay undocumented person for their labor and threatens to call the cops and make up something so that they can scare undocumented person away

$$$$ Profit Because Person Y is a piece of ....work

Scenario 5

Person Z (male U.S. Citizen) picks up woman at local establishment, he commits sexual assault. Afterwards, he tells her that she better not tell the authorities or he will have her deported by trumping up a charge

But of course Scenario 1 and 2 are the only ones that would actually happen in real life, right?

gabrielshorn2013

NMP, of course your scenarios 4 and 5 happen, probably more than we will ever know, but how do they relate to scenarios 1 and 2, which compare enforcements of legal warrants? They aren’t. In scenario 4, there is someone who is not entitled to work in the US, and someone illegally hiring them. In both of your scenarios the people taking advantage of illegal immigrants ore pieces of…um…work.

DickD

It takes no agreement with the federal government to extradite a citizen within the U.S. for a felony.

The man charged is a citizen and he was not reported or extradited because of a agreement. It was just good old fashioned police work.

The crime had nothing to do with being a undocumented citizen and requires no special training that a judge ruled our Sheriff had failed to provide.

gabrielshorn2013

Jeez, come on dick, I am talking about the process, and you know it. The agreement, as it relates to the process is superfluous, nor was I addressing the specific crime. Get arrested, go to jail, get a background check, if you have an outstanding warrant the issuer is contacte, the issuer comes and gets you. Even you can understand that [wink]

bosco

It's hard to point out facts to the open borders crowd, gabriel. They are ok with everybody in free until one of those illegal criminals is released from jail in one of the Democrat sanctuary cities and then rapes or murders a member of their family.

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NewMarketParent

@bosco....

Keep on beating up that straw man... One day, you will win.

DickD

Superflouce? You are trying to tell me that you can arrest and detain someone (anyone) for a minor violation and hold them for ICE without a 287 g MOU? I don't think so and we have always had extraditions between states for felonies. It was good police work for the Virginia police, they don't have to check for outstanding warrants from other states. I suspect that they all do these days with all the computer enhancements.

gabrielshorn2013

Dick, once again, I am talking about the process, and you are spawning a whole school of “red herrings”. No, you don’t arrest someone for jaywalking or spitting on the sidewalk, or a traffic violation. You do arrest them for serious misdemeanors and felonies like assault, theft, robbery, rape, murder, etc. If arrested for a serious misdemeanor or felony, you go to the detention center, and go through the process. That is what I am talking about, so please focus. Of course we have always had interstate extraditions, so I don’t understand why you are bringing that up. But how does that process begin? By a check on outstanding warrants, that’s how. And yes, warrants are computerized now and in a database. No more nailing them on the side of the police building. That’s exactly how VA knew to contact Frederick County MD.

NewMarketParent

@gabrielshorn2013

Y'all on gonna keep beating that dead horse. Maybe one day it will race again

gabrielshorn2013

Well, that may be NMP, but there are still people here that do not understand the 287g program.

DickD

You know, there were three kinds of 287 (g) local task force, jail and hybrid. All the new agreements are for the jail model and about 50% of those arrested are for misdemeanors. The median time for all immigrants in the U.S. is 17 years, 15 years for the undocumented immigrants. Many live in mixed families where some have green cards or are citizens. Deporting adults in the family leaves children and spouses without a income and they become a tax burden to the State and County.

Another problem is 44% of all immigrants refuse to cooperate with local police for fear of causing a problem to their families or other immigrant families. It has also caused a serious problem of racial profiling.

What we don't know and no audit will show is the true cost of 287 (g). Do we incur additional costs by deportation - child rearing etc. Do we know the cost of losing businesses operated by immigrants. Do we know the true cost of police not doing their normal assignment and who keeps track of that.

gabrielshorn2013

What was and what is are two different things Dick, and what was went away a decade ago, so why bring it up? You must think that misdemeanors are just jaywalking, and the like. That is not correct. In Maryland, misdemeanors include assault in the second degree, stalking, harassment, theft of property or services valued at less than $1,000, carrying a concealed dangerous weapon, reckless driving, driving under the influence, and many more that you would consider “serious crimes”. Should those offenders not be arrested and run through the normal procedure that anyone arrested goes through? Sentences of imprisonment for misdemeanors can be as high as ten years imprisonment and as low as ninety days or less. The court also can impose a fine for a misdemeanor in addition to or as an alternative to imprisonment. Fines for misdemeanors can range from $500 to $5,000. The only way you are going to get caught up in the current 287g system is to be arrested. The recent audit gave an accurate accounting of the costs, and don’t try to throw in overhead costs, such as heating or lighting the cell because those are incurred anyway.

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