More Murder Charges for Krajcir, Extradition Delayed

More Murder Charges for Krajcir, Extradition Delayed
By: Carly O'Keefe
MARION, Ill. - Confessed serial killer Timothy Krajcir's extradition to Missouri is delayed after a second murder charge in Illinois.
Williamson County State's Attorney Charles Garnati announced Thursday that Krajcir has been charged in the 1978 rape and strangulation death of Virginia Witte.  Two counts of murder were filed Christmas Eve against the 63-year-old confessed serial killer.

Witte, a 51-year-old wife and mother of two, was found dead in her rural Marion home in the Westernaire Estates subdivision on Lakeview Drive on May 12, 1978.

She is among several women Krajcir has recently been accused of murdering back in the late 1970's and early 1980's--five from Cape Girardeau.

These new charges complicate matters for those five pending cases on the other side of the Mississippi River.  Prosecutors in Missouri hoped Krajcir would be extradited to that state soon to be tried to offer closure to those five families.  Now, it looks like closure will be delayed a while longer as Garnati does not plan to allow the extradition until Krajcir has gone to trial in Williamson County.

"My intent is to see that justice is done here in Williamson County.  If it takes two days, it takes two days.  If it takes two years, it takes two years," Garnati said.

No word on when Krajcir will make his first court appearance in Williamson County. 

A spokeswoman for Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich says details need to be worked out because Krajcir is already charged in Illinois and Missouri and is expected to be charged in Kentucky and Pennsylvania.
Governor Matt Blunt says he's frustrated that's it's taking this long to get Krajcir to Cape County where he's accused to killing five women.  Blunt signed papers last week to have Krajcir extradited.