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Nevada Supreme Court taking appeal of inmate accused in Colorado murders

Christopher Ewing, accused of killing four people in Colorado, is currently in the custody of the Nevada Department of Corrections after he was convicted of an attack in Henderson. (Photo: NDOC)

The Nevada Supreme Court is taking up a prison inmate's appeal of an extradition order sending him to Colorado to face murder charges in four slayings in suburban Denver dating to 1984.

Alexander Christopher Ewing's lawyer, Martin Wiener of Reno, declined to comment Wednesday about a high court order on Monday that set an April 15 filing deadline for Ewing's appeal.

Ewing, now 58, has been in prison in Nevada since 1984.

He's serving eight-to-40 years for attacking a couple with an ax handle near Las Vegas after escaping from sheriff's deputies while being transported to Arizona to face an attempted murder charge.

Colorado authorities say DNA evidence links Ewing to the hammer slaying of Patricia Louise Smith in Lakewood and the deaths of three Bennett family members in Aurora.

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