BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Three young men from Missouri agreed to be transported to Arizona, where two of them face murder charges.
Justin Harrison, 23, and his cousins, Joshua Aston, 16, and Nicholas Aston, 15, waived extradition hearings Monday.
Harrison and the brothers were arrested Jan. 15 by a Montana Highway Patrol officer who became suspicious of a slow-moving car on Interstate 90. Officers found three firearms in the car, and the three were arrested after one of the boys told officers of a murder in Arizona.
Joshua Aston appeared Monday in Youth Court, where he was served with a fugitive warrant from Arizona charging him with murder. He waived his right to an extradition hearing, clearing the way for Arizona authorities to move him to that state.
Nicholas Aston also appeared Monday in Youth Court, where he was served with a warrant charging him with interfering with an investigation, and waived extradition. Both teens have remained in a Billings youth detention facility on $500,000 bond since their arrest.
Harrison is being held in the county jail on $1.2 million bond. He is charged with first-degree murder and two counts of custodial interference. He appeared Monday in District Court and waived his right to an extradition hearing.
The three are suspects in the murder of 35-year-old Pedro Corzo, a Del Monte Foods Co. executive from the Phoenix area. Corzo disappeared Jan. 9, and his body was found two days later buried in a shallow grave in the desert 70 miles west of Phoenix.
Harrison has a criminal record that includes misdemeanor convictions for attempted arson and animal abuse, according to court records from Warren County, Mo. Arizona authorities are investigating Corzo's death as a possible hate crime.