After 10 years, murder suspect returns home
Staff Sgt. Rolf Prisor knew all he had to do was wait and Rodger Anthony James would fall into his hands.
What the former Toronto homicide detective didn't know was how easy the handover would be.
James, on the run after allegedly shooting Cameron Alkins, 17, to death in March 1996 while stealing $25, was handed over to Toronto detectives yesterday in New York.
Now 33, he had been serving time in a state prison for robbery convictions, and on his release waived his right to appeal extradition.
"We knew some time ago they had him, so we could commence with the extradition process," Prisor, who left homicide in 2004 and now works at 42 Division, told CBC News Online.
"It appears that under an alias he was arrested for some outstanding robberies and [as a result] his fingerprints came back matching to our Mr. James."
On March 29, 1996, police went to a townhouse complex on Glendower Circuit and discovered the victim dead at the scene.
One of two suspects, James Whyte, was arrested shortly afterwards, tried and found guilty of manslaughter. But James had disappeared.
"It was a waste of a life, for a very ridiculous reason – $25," said Prisor, who had been in contact with Alkins's mother, Myrna Springer, since the murder.