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October 4, 2013

SSU stabbing suspect fights rendition

SALEM — The man charged in last week’s stabbing of a Salem State University student and the driver of a campus shuttle bus is refusing to return voluntarily to Massachusetts, the district attorney’s office said.

During a hearing yesterday in New York, Timothy Wells, 25, of Woburn decided not to sign a waiver of rendition that would have allowed Massachusetts police to pick him up at the Columbia County Jail in Hudson, N.Y., where he is being held without bail as a fugitive from justice, said Carrie Kimball Monahan, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office.

That means that prosecutors will now begin the process of seeking a governor’s warrant, meaning the governor of Massachusetts must formally request that the governor of New York hand over Wells to this state for prosecution, Monahan said. The process can take several months.

The same process was used in the 2011 slaying of an Ipswich restaurant owner in order to return one of the suspects from New York, she said.

Wells was on leave from the university after an earlier incident in which police allegedly caught him trespassing on Bertram Field, the Salem High School football field, which is currently closed for renovations. He was found to be carrying a knife longer than allowed under the city ordinance.

On the morning of Sept. 25, police say, Wells boarded the privately operated campus shuttle bus and made four or five “loops” around campus, before approaching a 23-year-old woman on the bus and stabbing her.

The 22-year-old bus driver, who went to intervene, was stabbed in the chest.

Neither was injured seriously.

Wells fled, at one point nearly hitting a police cruiser. He was arrested Wednesday evening in Chatham, N.Y., after his 1999 Toyota Camry broke down on the Taconic State Parkway.

Wells is facing charges that include armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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