By Jeffery Smith

WELLSBORO, Pa. - Suspected kidnapper and killer Curtis J. Burrows declined extradition Monday morning in Tioga County Court, according to the Tioga County District Attorney’s office.

Burrows, 32, of 15540 State Route 6, Mansfield Pa., is currently wanted on a bench warrant from Steuben and Chemung counties. He is currently being held in the Tioga County Jail, near where he was arrested Nov. 3, after a series of alleged crimes.

“Now that Burrows has refuses to waive extradition (back to New York State),” Steuben District Attorney Brooks Baker said, “the Steuben and Chemung district attorney’s offices will each have to get what is called a governor’s warrant.”

Baker said the Steuben and Chemung district attorney’s offices will each put together an application setting forth reasonable cause that Burrows committed a felony in the two counties.

“Then we submit that information to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Office, he signs the governor’s warrant for Burrows that’s turned over to the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office,” Baker said. “That’s lodged at the retainer. At that point Burrows can either waive extradition or a hearing to establish that he is the person who and that he was in New York State at the time of the crimes. That will bring him to New York State.”

Burrows is currently wanted on a Steuben County bench warrant for attempted kidnapping, and a Chemung County bench warrant for first-degree burglary.

Burrows unsuccessfully attempted last week to kidnap a woman from a Corning city parking lot Nov. 2, near Bridge Street, then stole her vehicle and fled the scene, police said. He later crashed the vehicle in East Corning, fled easterly on foot and at about 12:30 a.m. Nov. 3. forced his way into a Reasor Hollow Road residence, in the Town of Big Flats.

Police said he kicked in the front door, where he confronted the homeowner, Timothy R. Webster, 60, who he shot and killed. He then stole a set of truck keys and fled the scene in Webster’s vehicle to Pennsylvania where he was apprehended.

The case will go to the Grand Jury in both Steuben County and Chemung County, officials said.

“At this point, since there has been no arrest anything that happens on the Grand Jury we can’t comment on at this stage,” Baker said.

Burrows has been charged with first-degree burglary, a class B violent felony punishable up to 25-years in prison, and attempted kidnapping, police said. The investigation is continuing and other charged, like homicide, are likely.