Ex Parte Emmons

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322 S.W.2d 534 (1959)

Ex parte Billie H. EMMONS.

No. 30552.

Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas.

March 25, 1959.

*535 Mays & Mays, Fort Worth, Charles Lindsey, Fort Worth, of counsel, for appellant.

Leon B. Douglas, State's Atty., Austin, for the State.

BELCHER, Commissioner.

After a hearing in a habeas corpus proceeding, an order was entered remanding appellant to custody for extradition to Ohio, and from said order he gave notice of appeal.

On the hearing the state introduced in evidence the executive warrant issued by the Governor of Texas which appears regular on its face. It made out a prima facie case authorizing the remand of appellant to custody for extradition. Ex parte Shirley, Tex.Cr.App., 299 S.W.2d 701; Ex parte Key, Tex.Cr.App., 301 S.W.2d 90.

Appellant introduced in evidence the requisition and supporting papers consisting of the application for the demand by the prosecuting attorney, an authenticated copy of the complaint made before a magistrate and the warrant of arrest issued thereon, an affidavit as to the purpose for extradition and another setting forth the facts showing the commission of the crime.

Appellant strenuously insists that the Governor of Texas was without authority to issue the warrant of arrest for his extradition because the Ohio demand failed to allege that he was present in the State of Ohio at the time of the commission of the crime charged in the complaint.

The requisition for extradition to Ohio shows that the appellant stands there charged by complaint with the crime of embezzlement committed in that state, and that he has fled from Ohio and taken refuge in Texas. The requisition also expressly refers to the authenticated papers annexed thereto which were introduced in evidence by the appellant. These papers charge that the appellant "at the County of Montgomery and State of Ohio," did embezzle and convert over $9,000, "said money having then and there come into the possession" of appellant by virtue of his employment.

The requisition and the authenticated papers annexed thereto sufficiently aver that the appellant was present in the demanding state at the time the crime charged was committed and authorized the issuance of the extradition warrant for the appellant *536 by the Governor of Texas. 35 C.J.S. Extradition ยง 13, p. 330; Ex parte Blankenship, 158 Tex.Cr.R. 667, 259 S.W.2d 208; Commonwealth ex rel. Heiss v. Ruch, 384 Pa. 36, 119 A.2d 237; In re Harris, 309 Mass. 180, 34 N.E.2d 504, 135 A.L.R. 969.

The judgment is affirmed.

Opinion approved by the Court.