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Mandatory arraignment for man charged in 2006 Pa. slaying continued for week

July 31, 2008

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Scott Nathan North was scheduled for mandatory arraignment Wednesday in Franklin County Court on criminal homicide and other charges, but no arrangements had been made to take him to court from state prison.

North's court appearance was continued for one week, Assistant District Attorney Angela Krom said.

North, 26, of Chambersburg, is charged with criminal homicide in the August 2006 death of 43-year-old Carl Ryder of Amberson, Pa. He also is charged with escape, abuse of a corpse, false identification to law enforcement, fleeing or attempting to elude police, and multiple counts of forgery, access device fraud, theft, burglary and criminal trespass.

While on the mandatory arraignment list, North was not in the Franklin County Jail nor on the Sheriff's Office list of prisoners to be transported to court Wednesday, according to court officials. Instead, North was at a state prison where he is serving time for violating his sentence for the criminal charge he was serving at the time of his escape.

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North walked away from a work release assignment in Shippensburg, Pa., on Aug. 2, 2006, and was captured eight days later after a chase with Pennsylvania State Police in Huntingdon County. He was driving Ryder's car at the time.

Ryder's body later was found off a rural road in Huntingdon County, police said.

All of the charges were transferred to Franklin County earlier this year. Police said Ryder, who was missing for several days before North was apprehended, was killed in Franklin County and his body later dumped in Huntingdon County.

When North was charged with the killing of his former employer, police said Ryder's blood was found at his home and in the trunk of the car.

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