Suspect in Koenig Case Appears in Texas Court
Will be transferred to Alaska
ANCHORAGE - On Wednesday, Israel Keyes, the man arrested in connection with the abduction of Samantha Koenig, was in a Texas courtroom for what's called in ID hearing, which is used to confirm a person's identity.
On Thursday Keyes waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Texas and agreed to be transferred to Alaska. That's where his detention and preliminary hearings will be held.
Because Keyes is charged with a federal crime the U.S. Marshals Office is in charge of bringing him back to Alaska.
The Marshals Office referred us to the U.S. Attorney, who says transferring someone from state to state is generally easy. “We live in Alaska and the logistics are harder than other states, but that is something the U.S. Marshals do and they do it routinely,” said Karen Loeffler, U.S. Attorney for the District of Alaska.
The Marshals Office could not tell us if it would be through a commercial or private flight and, for safety reasons, never reveals when a person will be transported.
When Keyes gets back to Alaska he has to be indicted before evidence in his case can be presented to a grand jury.