LA Defendant Extradited From Turkey 2 Years After Double Killings

An Iraqi-born man facing murder and attempted murder charges was returned Friday to Los Angeles, two years after he was arrested in Turkey.

Fraydun Ahmad Kordian, 51, was arrested in Istanbul days after the October 2005 shooting deaths of his brother-in-law and mother-in-law and the wounding of his estranged wife.

At the request of the Los Angeles Police Department, the FBI's Fugitive Task Force brought Kordian back to Los Angeles to face prosecution, police Chief William Bratton and the FBI's Los Angeles assistant director in charge J. Stephen Tidwell announced in a statement.

Prosecutors said Kordian went to his mother-in-law's southwest Los Angeles home, where his estranged wife was staying, and allegedly shot his wife, her brother and her mother.

Fernando Lomeli, 22, and Zenaida Barrigan, 58, were killed, but Rosalia Kordian survived.

The district attorney's office charged Kordian, an Iraqi naturalized in the United States, with murder and attempted murder.

He also faces federal charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, but the FBI said that charge will likely be dropped.

Kordian was arrested in 2005 after his flight from Mexico arrived in Turkey.

He had remained in custody there since his arrest.

Earlier this month, the Turkish government advised they were prepared to extradite Kordian to the United States.

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