Ellenwood to be extradited to answer for murder charges in Ogden

Jul 3 2013 - 11:55pm

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JUNEAU, Alaska -- A man being held at the Juneau jail as a fugitive from justice will soon be extradited to Utah, where he is wanted for criminal homicide, aggravated murder.

District Court Judge Keith Levy advised Stephen Phillip Ellenwood, 40, during a status hearing Tuesday that everything appears to be in place for his transfer from Lemon Creek Correctional Center to another facility in Weber County.

Levy scheduled another hearing 30 days from now, but said Ellenwood should be gone by then.

"Everything's in place for them to transport you, so hopefully that should happen before then," Levy said.

Ellenwood was arrested two months ago in Haines, Alaska, in connection to the 1993 sexual assault and killing of 92-year-old Mae Odle, in Ogden in 1993.

Ogden police say the attacker climbed through an unlocked window in the early hours of May 3, 1993, then raped and beat Odle in her room. Police say he was buttoning his pants when an employee who heard the noise came in to check on the woman, and he fled.

Odle died six days later in a hospital from the beatings to her head, chest and limbs.

Detectives also suspect Ellenwood of sexually assaulting a 57-year-old woman that same day. Investigators say they tied Ellenwood to both crime scenes through DNA evidence.

Authorities in Utah had learned Ellenwood was residing in Haines and on April 26 they issued a sealed warrant for his arrest. (The warrant was unsealed after his arrest.)

Alaska State Troopers from Juneau, the Haines Borough Police Department and members of the Ogden Police Department arrested Ellenwood on May 8 near his residence after a foot chase through a wooded area.

The state of Utah pursued extradition, and Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell signed off on the governor's warrant last month, Juneau Assistant District Attorney Nick Polasky said. Juneau Assistant Public Defender Timothy Ayer said in court Tuesday that there was nothing amiss with the extradition process that they were planning on challenging.

Five years ago, Ellenwood was released from an Idaho state prison, where he served a 2002 aggravated assault conviction. In November 1993, he was convicted of carrying a concealed dangerous weapon. In 1994, Ellenwood admitted committing aggravated assault. And in 2001, he pleaded no contest to drunken driving charges.

-- The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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