By DON AINES
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Hedgesville, W.Va., man who escaped from a mental hospital prior to his Sept. 23 murder trial has waived extradition back to West Virginia, according to Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely.
Games-Neely said Monday she was informed Friday that Banner Cornell Catlett, 21, had waived extradition from California. He had been arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department's Fugitive Warrant Section on Sept. 29 in the suburban Los Angeles apartment of a relative.
The prosecutor said that when Catlett is returned to the state, he won't be going back to the William R. Sharpe Hospital in Weston, W.Va. She said the county has a bench warrant for him for failing to appear at his murder trial and he will be held in the Eastern Regional Jail near Martinsburg.