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Associated Press, Published March 20 2013

ND murder suspect waives extradition from Montana

WILLISTON, N.D. — An Idaho man who is a suspect in a North Dakota homicide has waived extradition from Montana.

Jonathan Horvath, 46, appeared in court in Billings, Mont., on Tuesday and told a judge he would voluntarily be returned to Williston to face murder and reckless endangerment charges there, the Billings Gazette reported. His first court appearance in North Dakota was not immediately scheduled.

Following tips from the public, officers arrested Horvath in a field near Billings on Monday after what authorities described as a "sizable manhunt" that involved officers from several law agencies. He had apparently hitchhiked to the area, which is about 300 miles from Williston.

Horvath is charged in the shooting death early Saturday of Derrick Siegel, 28, of Williston, on a sidewalk outside the Heartbreakers bar in that city following arguments. Siegel was shot after leaving a nearby bar at closing time, police said.

The reckless endangerment charge stems from Horvath allegedly firing into the bar, according to the Forum. No one was hurt.

Horvath had recently moved to Williston from Sandpoint, Idaho, according to authorities. He once lived in California and has a criminal history there— including an attempted murder charge in 1993, the Williston Herald reported. He pleaded guilty to lesser charges in that case.


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