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Mississippi woman accused in killing fighting extradition

Tamira Peoples appears Thursday at her extradition hearing in Lorain County Common Pleas Court regarding a homicide in Mississippi. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

LORAIN — A Mississippi woman accused of killing her neighbor and shooting the neighbor’s mother appeared in court Thursday to say she wanted to fight her extradition.

Tamira Peoples, 37, spoke in a near-whisper as she answered questions from Common Pleas Judge Christopher Rothgery in a brief hearing.

She asked her court-appointed attorney, William Willis, about bond. Willis conferred with Assistant County Prosecutor Richard Gronsky, who said there is no bond in Ohio for extradition cases involving murder or aggravated murder.

In Mississippi, Peoples faces a charge of homicide, which is similar to a murder charge in Ohio, as well as aggravated assault and grand theft auto, according to Hattisburg police Lt. Jon Traxler.

Peoples is accused of the Nov. 5 shooting of her neighbor, Samina Antionette Gholar, 22, who was found lying near the door of her apartment.

Peoples also is accused of shooting Gholar’s mother, who has since been released from the hospital,

A gun was recovered when Lorain police arrested Peoples on Nov. 8 at a family member’s home, Traxler said. The Hattiesburg police had notified police departments in areas where Peoples was known to have family to be on the lookout.

Police interviewed a number of witnesses, but Traxler said he did not have a motive in the shootings.

Gholar, who had a gunshot wound to the head, was found in her apartment while her mother was found outside near a parking lot, Traxler said.

Peoples had her 3-year-old son with her when she was arrested in the 400 block of West 14th Street and a relative is caring for the boy, according to Lorain police.

Peoples “expressed concern about her child” and seemed “very calm and collected,” before Thursday’s hearing, Willis said.

Willis said he only is representing Peoples in the extradition, and he could not comment on the criminal case against her.

Traxler said information obtained at the scene led to Peoples being named as the suspect. She also is accused of stealing a gray 2001 Chevrolet Impala belonging to the family of the victims. The stolen car was found at a Lorain business.

After court, Willis and Gronsky said the next step would likely be presentation of a governor’s warrant from Mississippi.

Willis said chances of successfully fighting extradition are “very, very slim.”

The governor’s warrant contains an affidavit of probable cause, as well as a certified copy of the charges and affirmation of identity of the individual who is involved, Gronsky said.

A 10 a.m. Jan. 25 hearing was set before Common Pleas Judge James Miraldi, who will decide the extradition case.

Contact Cindy Leise at 329-7245 or cleise@chroniclet.com.