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Extradition hearing set for Monday for accused killer Cleeves

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An extradition hearing is slated to take place Monday in Ohio for accused killer Kevin Cleeves of Waynesboro.

Cleeves, 35, was taken into custody early Saturday morning and charged with three counts of criminal homicide in the Franklin County shooting deaths of his estranged wife Brandi Cleeves, along with her boyfriend Vincent Santucci and Santucci's mother, Rosemary Holma.

Harrisburg attorney Corky Goldstein specializes in criminal defense. He said hearings like this are usual a matter of formality.

"In reading everything," Goldstein said. "I don't think he has a leg to stand on for not being brought back."

Goldstein said if he does not fight extradition, Cleeves could be back in the area by the end of the week.

Police say Cleeves shot the three victims to death in the front yard of Santucci's home in Quincy Township on Friday night.

The Cleeves' four-year-old daughter Leia was right there when the shootings occurred.

"It's just heart-wrenching to know that Leia witnessed all this," said Brandi's friend Christina Late. "I can't imagine -- even though she wasn't physically harmed in this incident--the emotional and mental scarring that little girl is going to have for the rest of her life is unimaginable."

Late said that Leia meant everything to Brandi.

"She lived for Leia. She did anything and everything she could for that little girl. She was all that mattered in her life."

Autopsies on all three victims are scheduled for Monday in Allentown.

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