A Nevada judge on Tuesday ordered extradition to Colorado for a suspect in a 34-year-old cold case that involved a killing spree where four people were bludgeoned to death with a hammer.
Alexander Christopher Ewing, 58, had been fighting extradition to face charges in connection with a string of brutal hammer attacks in the winter of 1984 that terrorized Front Range residents. He can appeal the judge’s ruling, according to a Carson City, Nev., court clerk.
Ewing was linked to the crimes in July through a DNA match. He is suspected of breaking into metro area homes and bludgeoning three members of an Aurora family and a Lakewood woman to death with hammers.
Ewing appeared at 3:30 p.m. before Judge James Wilson in a Carson City courtroom for the extradition hearing.
Ewing, who has been incarcerated at Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City since 1985 on a 40-year attempted murder conviction, has been fighting extradition to avoid two Colorado trials for sexual assault, robbery and murder charges.