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L.A. County seeks extradition of woman in ex-husband's slaying

May 26, 2012 | 12:05 pm

Los Angeles County authorities are seeking the extradition of a woman arrested in Mississippi this week on a murder warrant in connection with the 2007 fatal shooting of her former husband in Whittier.

Patrick Duffey, 50, was found dead in his home in the 15800 block on Sharon Hill Drive on April 26, 2007.

His wife, Linda Doreen Gwozdz, who has since remarried, told L.A. County sheriff’s detectives that she accidentally shot Duffey while examining his .38 caliber revolver, according to a statement released by the department Saturday.

"Recently new information was obtained," Homicide Lt. Matt Burson said in the statement.

Investigators declined to elaborate, saying details would be revealed in court.

Members of the U.S. Marshals Service Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, working with L.A. County sheriff’s homicide detectives and local police, arrested Gwozdz Tuesday at her home in Hattiesburg.

She is being held by the Forrest County Sheriff's Office on $2-million bail pending extradition to L.A. County.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact sheriff's homicide investigators at (323) 890-5500. If you wish to remain anonymous, call "LA Crime Stoppers" by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org


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