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Digging Deeper: How do governments transport criminals across state lines?

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) -- News 9 is digging deeper into why Christopher Anderson, who is the suspect in the murder of Hannah Miller, is not yet in Wisconsin.

Bringing any criminal across state lines a process called extradition.

Despite DuPage County, Illinois being only a half-day's drive, the process of actually bringing Anderson back to the Badger State is a tricky one.

Earlier this week, Anderson again went before a judge in Illinois to be extradited to Wisconsin, but his hearing was a delayed for the second time.

Court documents allege Anderson killed Hannah Miller on June 30th, and he was later found and arrested in DuPage County, Illinois in September.

So, what's taking so long?

One of Wisconsin's assistant attorneys general, Christine Remington, spoke with News 9, saying once a person is arrested, authorities and judges have to make sure they have the right person.

"After that, the [District Attorney] in Wisconsin prepares the paperwork, [and] sends it to our governor's office. The governor's office sends it to DOJ for review and then we send it back to them, the governor's office will send it to Illinois' governor, where they do their own review. So it's kind of a cumbersome process," Remington said.

Recently, Governor Tony Evers' office submitted paperwork to Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, requesting that extradition.

Remington says the process may take a while to complete, only because it requires so many steps, and not out of apathy.

"It's never been my experience where anyone sits on them for just because. Everyone tries to move this along and everyone knows that these are important cases," Remington said.

Anderson is next scheduled to appear in court November 4th, though it not clear whether that will be when he is extradited, or if it will be delayed again. 

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