Rape suspect extradited from Arizona to face 2013 charges

Jake Old • Oct 18, 2016 at 3:46 PM

An Arizona prisoner charged with aggravated rape, aggravated assault and theft of property in a case dating back to 2013 has been extradited from Arizona to Wilson County to face those charges, according to a report from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office.

Christopher Justin Kirby, 34, was extradited last week after being brought back from Mesa, Ariz., where he is currently serving time for assaulting a law enforcement officer. Kirby’s first hearing in Wilson County will be scheduled at a later date.

Detectives stated that the man is charged with a number of disturbing crimes is in Tennessee despite at least one attempt to refuse extradition.

In a separate investigation involving another Wilson County law enforcement agency, Kirby was charged with a drug offense during the same time frame as the other charges.

The original investigation was prompted after the female victim was treated at a local hospital.

“This was a horrific assault,” Sheriff Robert Bryan said. “The victim could have easily been killed during this incident. This department is determined to do everything within our power to find and prosecute anyone who commits any such crime in Wilson County to the fullest extent of the law.”

WCSO officials believe Kirby fled Tennessee three years ago to avoid prosecution in Wilson County.

Kirby was sentenced to 26 years in prison in Arizona after being convicted of assaulting a law enforcement officer.

Ricky Knight, lead detective on the case, said coordination was possible through constant communication between law enforcement agencies in Wilson County and Arizona.

“It is with great satisfaction for the victim and others impacted by this horrible act that we are finally able to see the suspect appear in court for the crimes he currently faces,” Knight said.

“After an extensive, diligent process, we hope that the victim and her family finally see justice and know that we stand behind them.” 

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