MPD awaiting extradition

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 17, 2004

Montgomery Police have their hands tied in the double homicide of two prominent Luverne business owners.

Officials are still waiting on Boulder, Colo. police to extradite Brent Springford Jr., 28, who was arrested Dec. 8. He was charged with two counts of capital murder in connection with the deaths of his parents, Winston "Brent" and Charlotte Springford, who were murdered in their Montgomery Garden District home at 1944 South Hull Street Thanksgiving night. Springford Sr. was the President of Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Luverne, which is Charlotte’s hometown.

"We're still waiting on the extradition," MPD Lt. Huey Thornton said. "As far as anything new, there is nothing new in the case since we signed the warrants."

The warrants for Springford's arrest were signed Dec. 8 at about 10 p.m. and the warrants were served around midnight. Springford Jr. still remains in the Boulder County Jail, while officials review his extradition. Published reports said he allegedly beat his parents to death.

Thornton said it's a sit and wait game until Springford Jr. is in the MPD's custody.

"There's really not much we can do at this point other than make sure all the leads and everything we have in the case follow out until the end, and make sure there's nothing else we didn't know about the case," he said. "We'll also finish up the processing of evidence that we collected to make sure the case is as firm as it can be."

Thornton said he is not at liberty to discuss the details of why the department was able to obtain warrants for Springford's arrest, but did say they did have enough probable cause to indicate that he did commit the crime.

"One thing that led to it was the fact we were able to confirm his route and mode of transportation into and out of the City of Montgomery during the timeframe of the murders," he said.

Thornton wasn't able to reveal the Springford's alleged route or means of travel.

Investigators and Mont-gomery County prosecutors have until Jan. 7 to present Colorado officials with a governor's warrant requesting Springford's extradition. Thornton said Gov. Bob Riley has already signed the governor's warrant and was told it has been delivered to Colorado Gov. Bill Owens' hands.

Once Springford is extradited to Montgomery, he will be placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility and will await the grand jury's indictment.

No bond is allowed in the case due to the nature of the crime.