OGDEN -- Idaho prison inmate Gregory L. Seamons could decide at a Tuesday hearing whether he will waive or fight extradition to Weber County to face charges in the 1983 rape and slaying of 11-year-old Rebecca Lemberger.
The extradition arraignment hearing will be held at the Idaho Correctional Center in Boise where Seamons, 45, has been incarcerated since 2007 for second-degree kidnapping. He is scheduled to complete his sentence in December 2017.
If Seamons waives extradition, he could possibly be returned to Weber County within 60 days, said Bill Loomis, an Idaho deputy attorney general. However, if he decides to fight extradition, there will be additional hearings in Idaho, Loomis said.
Weber County Attorney Dee Smith could not be reached for comment to determine if anyone from his office will attend Seamons' hearing.
Seamons declined to say in a letter to the Standard-Examiner if he will oppose extradition, and he did not address the first-degree rape and aggravated murder charges he faces in the Lemberger killing.
"At this point I will make only a limited comment to say that my heart goes out to the victim's mother and my own mother who both are in pain beyond belief," he wrote in the letter dated Jan. 6. "The very stress of all of this is literally killing my mother."
However, Seamons said in a previous letter to the Standard-Examiner he is innocent.
Seamons could spend the rest of his life in a Utah prison if convicted of raping and killing Lemberger. She was last seen at 8 a.m. March 2, 1983, when she left home to walk to Edison Elementary School, at 935 E. 1050 North.
Lemberger never made it to school, and her body was found the next day in a shed in a field west of 729 N. Mountain Road in Ogden. She had been sexually assaulted and died of blunt force trauma to the head.
Ogden police obtained an arrest warrant for Seamons last September. Investigators say his DNA matches evidence from the crime.
Seamons, who was 15 at the time, lived in Lemberger's neighborhood when she was killed, detectives say. He has been interviewed by detectives twice and has denied knowing Lemberger.