TEL AVIV (Nov. 24)
Israeli Justice Minister David Libai has signed an order for the extradition of Rochelle Manning, an American-born immigrant, to face murder charges in the United States.
Manning, whose previous California trial resulted in a hung jury, is to be tried again in connection with the 1980 mailing of parcel bomb that killed the woman who opened the package.
Rochelle Manning’s husband, Robert, was extradited, tried and convicted on Oct. 14 on the same charges by a Los Angeles jury. He could face life imprisonment when he is sentenced on Jan. 3.
For years, the Mannings, residents of Kiryat Arba, fought a U.S. extradition request for them to stand trial for the murder of Patricia Wilkerson, a secretary at a computer firm who was killed while opening the booby-trapped parcel addressed to her employer.
The Justice Ministry said the U.S. Justice Department promised it would not request the death penalty if Rochelle Manning is convicted, even if the court asks for capital punishment.