The man accused of killing a Kansas City, Kan., police detective waived extradition to Kansas on Tuesday after being held less than a day in the Jackson County jail.
Curtis Ayers had been released Monday from a hospital after a six-week stay for treatment of a bullet wound inflicted by Kansas City police during his arrest in early May.
He signed the extradition paperwork late Tuesday morning shortly before appearing for a brief hearing at the Albert Riederer Community Justice Complex. Ayers sat in a wheelchair, wearing a blue jail jumpsuit, as he answered a few yes-or-no questions from Associate Circuit Judge Janette Rodecap.
Authorities have not said how soon he will be transferred to Wyandotte County, where he is charged with capital murder in the death of Brad Lancaster.
Ayers, 29, is accused of shooting Lancaster on May 9 near Kansas Speedway.
After the detective was shot, Ayers allegedly went on a three-county crime spree that ended on Bruce R. Watkins Drive at Bannister Road when a Kansas City police officer shot him.
He had been hospitalized from his capture until his discharge Monday afternoon.
Police used Lancaster’s handcuffs on Ayers when they transported him Monday.
Besides the Wyandotte County charges, Ayers is charged with crimes in Jackson and Leavenworth counties.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said Tuesday that Wyandotte County authorities had requested that Ayers be tried there first and that her office was glad to honor that request.
“They are very anxious to get him,” Baker said.
The capital murder charge carries a potential death sentence. Wyandotte County prosecutors previously have said a decision on whether to seek a death sentence has not been made.