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Shanon Buie fights extradition, issued bond

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- The wife of Albany's former downtown manager is fighting extradition back to Georgia and has been issued a bond, court records show.

Shanon Lavette Buie, wife of Don Buie, went before a magistrate in Fayetteville Friday after warrants stemming from her indictment last week were served by the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

Instead of waiving extradition and coming back to Albany, Buie is fighting the move and has been issued a $10,000 bond, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department. A hearing has been set for Nov. 20.

Chief Assistant District Attorney Chris Cohilas said Friday afternoon that he and District Attorney Greg Edwards would be pursuing a governor's warrant which, while cumbersome, is a worthy next step in securing Buie's transport back to Albany.

"It's another step to go through, but we're undeterred by today's events and will be going that direction," Cohilas said.

Cohilas said that he doesn't believe Buie is being uncooperative but is merely trying to avoid time in jail as long as possible.

Under North Carolina law, a prisoner who is a fugitive benefits from fighting extradition because a judge can then enter a bond and release him or her from jail. Had Buie waived extradition, North Carolina officials would have kept her locked away until deputies from Georgia picked her up and brought her to Albany.

Don Buie is set for a bond hearing in Albany Monday. His attorney, Johnnie Graham, declined an interview with The Albany Herald Friday saying that her position on Buie's case would come out Monday. But in comments made to other media representatives Friday, she said that Buie was a scapegoat for those in city government who were receiving criticism from the community for their own poor leadership decisions.