Double Murder Suspect Waives Extradition

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An inmate in the Sullivan County Jail will soon be heading back east to face charges from a 30 year old cold case.

Sullivan County Sheriff Clark Cottom has announced that Eric Robert Begley, 42 of Shelburn, has waived extradition and will be returning to North Carolina to face charges of double murder.

We first brought you the story of Begley a week ago, when he confessed to detectives of the murders.

On July 5th, he was charged for the murder of 79-year-old Cleve McMahan and his wife, 75-year-old Allene, in their Ashville, North Carolina home on December 11, 1989.

He was arrested on unrelated charges back in May; including possession of a syringe and being a habitual offender.

Police officials also believe he is a suspect of an armed robbery at a Sullivan gas station.

Just weeks after his arrest, police says he came forward and gave detailed statement to the killings which was turned over to police officials in North Carolina.

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department and Ashville Police are currently working on transporting him back.

Until then, Begley remains in an undisclosed facility under constant security watch.

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