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Attorney: Former firefighter arrested in Arlington will waive extradition

Posted: Updated: Jul 15, 2014 05:52 PM
Arrested: Derrick Harris, 51 (Source: Arlington Police Department) Arrested: Derrick Harris, 51 (Source: Arlington Police Department)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

The attorney for the former Shreveport firefighter arrested in Arlington, TX Monday night on a warrant for terrorizing will waive extradition, which means a hearing will not be necessary to get him back to Shreveport to face the felony charge.

It also means Harris could be back in Shreveport by the end of the week, instead of the week to 10 days it could have taken had Harris chosen to fight extradition.

Harris was taken into custody Monday afternoon by agents with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force Arlington, TX and booked into the Arlington City jail at 6:15 p.m. According to the Harris' booking sheet, he was taken into custody in the 3000 block of Franciscan Dr. in Arlington, which is an apartment complex in the southern part of the city.

Few details on how Harris was located have been released at this time, but it is known that he will have to be extradited from Texas unless he waives his right to an extradition hearing and agrees to be returned to Louisiana.

Harris, 51, is one of 5 former Shreveport firefighters facing charges in connection with a sex and abuse scandal at Shreveport's Fire Station 8. The men were accused of hazing mentally challenged men who frequented the station and hiring a prostitute to have sex with one of them. They are charged with cruelty to the infirm and principal to prostitution.

On Saturday, Shreveport police announced Harris was wanted on a $250,000 warrant in connection with comments posted on his personal Facebook page that were deemed by investigators and the Caddo District Attorney's Office to be threatening in nature.

The post in question references a desire to remake the movie Django Unchained at the Central Fire Station, a movie that depicts brutal violence. Harris also named specific people that would play characters who died in the movie, including SFD Chief Craig Mulford, who himself is facing charges of malfeasance in office in connection with the investigation into the scandal at Fire Station 8: "Thinking about doing a remake of Django, some roles are already cast....Central Fire Station as Candyland. Derrick Harris as Django, R.C. Mulford as Calvin Candy, Beason as Billy Crash,...now I just need that ONE house n***a to be Steven...." Candy is the main antagonist played by Leonardo DeCaprio, and he met a very violent end. As of Monday night, the post, dated Thursday, July 10, 8:56 a.m., remained on Harris' page.

Caddo Assistant District Attorney Dale Cox says that post, combined with the recent transaction allegedly made by Harris added up to a situation that required erring on the side of caution. "We also had information that he had traded a hand gun for an assault rifle and AK 47."

On Saturday afternoon, Harris responded to a message from KSLA News 12 inquiring about the latest allegations. Harris responded, saying it was all "just a joke." He also said he was unaware of the charge and would be back in town Monday to answer them with his attorney. He never showed up.

Police say a post intended as a joke can still constitute a criminal threat if the victims feel their lives are threatened.

His attorney, Carl Franklin, has not returned calls for comment. Franklin has represented since mid-June, after defense attorney John Settle withdrew from the case. Settle filed suit on July 7 against his former client for money owed for services totaling more than $7,100. On Monday, Settle told the court that he had not been able to find Harris in order to serve him with the lawsuit and asked the court for permission to have a U.S. Marshal serve him during his next court appearance.

Harris is scheduled to appear in court on Friday, July 18, along with the other 4 firefighters, for a hearing in connection with the felony charges of cruelty to the infirm and principal to prostitution. There is no word yet on whether that hearing will be delayed, or whether an extradition hearing has been set in Texas.

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