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Denham Town taxi driver to be extradited to US, wanted for murder

Published:Wednesday | October 21, 2015 | 3:51 PM

A court has ordered the extradition to the United States of 48-year-old Michael Cousins, a taxi driver of Regent Street in Denham Town, Kingston.

He is wanted for murder by the New York police.

A police statement said the order was made after Cousins waived his rights to an extradition hearing during an appearance before the Half-Way Tree Resident Magistrate's Court in St Andrew. 

A date for his extradition has not been released.

Michael Cousins goes by several aliases including ‘Gifton Cousins’, ‘Constantine Cousins’, ‘Chris Cousins’ and ‘Calvin Bloomfield’.

He was arrested yesterday in Denham Town by the Fugitive Apprehension Team of Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation body and the West Kingston Operational Support Team.

US media reports say Cousins used to knife to stab to death, 23-year-old Jason Campbell during a fight in September 1996.

The police reportedly have not seen him since the incident. 

Despite not having him in custody, the US authorities charged Cousins in 1997 with second-degree murder and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.