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1/24/05

Wal-Mart Abduction Suspect Awaits Extradition Hearing

The man arrested and charged with kidnapping and killing a Tyler Wal-Mart cashier is still in Arizona. He's awaiting an extradition hearing that could come as soon as tomorrow.

Johnny Lee Williams, Jr., 24, of Tyler, sits in a jail cell in Cochise County. He was arrested at a hospital there, after getting treated for a gunshot wound he suffered during a failed robbery attempt.

Police say it was Williams who was caught on a Wal-Mart surveillance camera last Wednesday night, forcing Megan Holden, 19, into her truck and driving off with her. Megan's body was found Friday by the roadside along I-20 in Martin County, West Texas.

Williams has not even been indicted or brought back to Smith County, and already today, 114th District Judge Cynthia Kent has issued a Restrictive and Protective Order. That means no one connected to the case can talk about it, except to give factual information. The order is in effect until the end of the trial. On top of that, no cameras will be allowed in the courtroom.

We were, however, able to speak to Smith County D.A. Matt Bingham this weekend. He said he talked to the D.A. in Martin County, where Megan's body was found, to request that the homicide case be heard in Smith County.

"Both of us, under the facts in this case, could have venue and jurisdiction in this case," Bingham said. "It happened here. It happened in Smith County. She's a resident in Smith County. And we're going to prosecute him in Smith County."

As of this past weekend, Williams had hired an attorney and was not answering questions from investigators. Williams will remain in the Cochise County Jail with no bond, according to the Sheriff's Department there.

Julie Tam, reporting.

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