Extradition ordered for suspect in 1995 death of a teacher in Beaumont
DNA evidence along with a genealogical database led police to arrest Foreman on a capital murder charge.
REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio – The Ohio man accused of killing a beloved Beaumont teacher in 1995 has been ordered to be taken back to Jefferson County for trial.
Clayton Foreman, who had refused to leave his jail cell to attend a previous extradition hearing in early May, was ordered by an Ohio judge to be arrested on July 6 or released according to court documents.
Franklin County, Ohio officials say Foreman must be picked up by a Sheriff’s Deputy, Beaumont Police Officer or Texas Ranger.
DNA evidence as well as a genealogical database Leads to the arrest of Foreman, 61, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, on a charge of capital murder.
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Mary Catherine Edwards, who was found dead at her home, was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Foreman and his first wife, Jefferson County District Attorney Bob Wortham previously told 12News.
According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by 12News, DNA from semen collected from Edwards’ home was matched to Foreman 26 years later thanks to a genetics site.
Beaumont’s attorney, Bruce Smith, who is unrelated to the case, previously spoke to 12News about the extradition process.
He says violations can occur during the extradition process, but at the end of the day it’s really about delaying the inevitable.
“Normally, if you challenge the extradition, the goal is a delaying tactic. Because there are very few issues you can raise if you decide to fight extradition, ”Smith explained.
In some situations, people have alleged mistaken identity or attempted to apply for bail in order to return “voluntarily” to the state in which the offense was committed.
However, with a crime of this nature, Smith says it’s highly unlikely that a judge will grant Foreman bail.
Court documents show Foreman does not have a registered attorney as of Thursday, June 3, 2021.
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This is a developing story. We will update with more if and when we receive more confirmed information.