Federal appeals court hears RI murder case

BOSTON (AP) – A five-judge appeals court panel has heard arguments in a legal tug-of-war over a Rhode Island inmate who may face a death penalty prosecution.

The case of 34-year-old Jason Pleau was heard Wednesday by the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston.
Federal prosecutors and lawyers for Pleau and Gov. Lincoln Chafee presented arguments.
Pleau is accused of fatally shooting a man outside of a bank in 2010. He is fighting a request from prosecutors to have him stand trial in federal court, where he may face the death penalty if
convicted. Rhode Island does not have the death penalty.
Chafee has refused to surrender Pleau, citing the state's opposition to the death penalty.
Prosecutors say Pleau should be turned over to stand trial in federal court