Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Challenges. Discussion »
SALLISAW, OKLAHOMA One day after Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed extradition order for Dusten Brown to be sent South Carolina, he turned himself in to authorities at the Sequoyah Sheriff's Department in Sallisaw, Oklahoma.
Brown was booked and sent before Sequoyah County Judge Jeff Payton. Brown entered writ of habeas corpus, which allows for a hearing to make oral argument at a hearing.
Such a hearing was granted to Brown. He is to appear before Judge Payton on October 3.
“He was released on the previously posted bond. I allowed it to remain in effect,”
Judge Payton told the Native News Network on Thursday afternoon.
“It's his constitutional right,”
continued Judge Payton.
Yesterday Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed an extradition order for Dusten Brown to be sent to South Carolina to face the felony charge of "custodial interference" for not turning over his daughter, Veronica to the non-Native adoptive couple.
Brown has been relentlessly trying to keep custody of his biological daughter Veronica for almost four years.
With a gag order in place, Brown has not spoken to members of the media on the custody battle.
Last Friday, the Oklahoma State Supreme Court issued an emergency stay which overturned a lower court's order for Brown to turn Veronica to the South Carolina adoptive couple.
An Oklahoma State Supreme Court referee two days ago heard arguments by both Brown and the Cherokee Nation, and the adoptive couple. The referee gave the state of South Carolina until today to enter their argument why Brown should turn over Veronica immediately.
In the meantime, Brown is free on bond and Veronica is still under his care.
posted September 5, 2013 3:20 am edt