2011-04-07 / Local & State

Md. Man To Be Extradited In Bedford Killing

BEDFORD, Pa. (AP) – A western Pennsylvania prosecutor plans to extradite a Maryland man on charges he fatally shot a male friend of the suspect’s ex-wife.

Bedford County District Attorney William Higgins and the state police are not commenting on a motive in the shooting of 49-year-old Michael Simpson, who was found dead Sunday night by his 40-year-old girlfriend.

Authorities say that woman is the ex-wife of 44- year-old Mark Shirey, of Allegany County, Md. The couple had four children together, but divorced about 10 years ago.

Authorities believe Shirey either broke into Simpson’s house or followed him inside through an attached garage, and killed Simpson with a shotgun blast.

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