If the man accused last week of kidnapping and assaulting a 12-year-old girl continues to fight extradition, it could take as long as two months to bring him back to Upson to face charges, District Attorney Bill McBroom said Thursday.
Darryl Ricard, 39, no fixed address, is accused of kidnapping and assaulting a Thomaston girl July 1 and was arrested 48 hours later during a traffic stop in Louisiana.
So far, Ricard has been charged with kidnapping, rape, aggravated child molestation and aggravated assault stemming from the Upson incident. Louisiana officials have charged the man with possession of stolen property, a 1995 Chevrolet Corsica allegedly stolen last May from Connecticut.
A preliminary hearing for Ricard was held Monday by a Tangipahoa Parish judge and because of the Georgia warrants, bond was denied, said Tangipahoa Jail Warden Randy Pinion.
Law enforcement officers from Georgia went to Louisiana Sunday in an attempt to bring Ricard back to Thomaston, but the man had obtained indigent legal counsel and has refused to sign an extradition form.
"If he continues to fight extradition," District Attorney Bill McBroom said, "it could be at least a month or two before we get him back to face charges here."
Kentwood Patrol Officer David Copeland stopped the car about 2 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 55. After running the car's license plate number and learning of the kidnapping charge, Copeland arrested Ricard without incident.