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October 10, 2012

Payne County seeks governor's warrant seeking to extradite Yayi Janneh from North Carolina.

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Payne County District Attorney's office has applied for a governor's warrant to extradite a man accused of sex crimes.

Leon Riggs, transport supervisor for the Sheriff's Department, said he worked with the district attorney's office to apply for the warrant Sept. 20 after the fugitive was arrested in North Carolina and refused to sign a waiver of extradition.

Yayi Janneh, 24, of Stillwater was arrested in Raleigh, N.C., Aug. 31 and is being held at Wake County Jail, Wake County officials said. Janneh is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 24 for an extradition hearing, court records show.

Janneh is being held in Wake County on $250,000 bail for suspicion of being a fugitive from another state, criminal possession of a financial card forgery, financial card forgery, resisting arrest, giving fictitious information to an officer and exceeding a posted speed.

Janneh is charged with two counts sexual battery in Payne County. The charges stem from events at the same house party that led to former Oklahoma State University basketball player Darrell Williams' conviction on sex charges.

Even if a governor's warrant is issued, Riggs said it is likely that Janneh will have to remain in North Carolina until his charges in that state are disposed.


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