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Auburn woman still awaiting extradition to face murder charge after shooting

Law enforcement and prosecutors hope that the person currently in custody in South Carolina will be back in Cayuga County to face a murder charge.

Shameek Marie Copes, of Auburn turned herself in after an arrest warrant was issued in her name.

Copes is facing a second-degree murder charge, after the shooting of John Wesley Smith III, 37, of Syracuse.


He was found dead in front of Swift’s Tavern in Auburn on March 15.

Copes waived her right to an extradition hearing, according to The Citizen. There are two 30 day windows in play that give authorities in Cayuga County around 60 days to get Copes back.

She went from person of interest to suspect in a matter of days, and fled New York before officially becoming a suspect.

Syracuse man shot to death outside Auburn bar early Tuesday morning



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