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Legal Expert: Extradition of murder suspect 'could take months'

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- 12 News is digging deeper into the murder of Binghamton University nursing student Haley Anderson.

The suspect, 22-year-old Orlando Tercero, is long gone. Police say he fled the country for Nicaragua Friday morning, hours before Anderson's body was found inside his home at 23 Oak Street in Binghamton.

"He is our suspect at this point, and I don't think there is any doubt that he knows that," Binghamton Police Chief Joe Zikuski said. 

The decision will come down to citizenship, according to police.  Zikuski says Tercero is a United States citizen, born in Miami. If he also has citizenship in Nicaragua, he might not be forced back to the U.S.

Tully Rinckey Attorney Peter Charnetsky, who is not connected to his case, says it could take some time to sort out, even if the Nicaraguan Government cooperates. 

"If this individual is a citizen of Nicaragua, then the Nicaraguan Government has the discretion as to whether or not to extradite," he said. "This could take some time unfortunately. Because of habeas corpus and putting together all the paperwork and satisfying the federal government in the fact that their assistance is needed, in this case, it could be a very lengthy process."

The Broome County District Attorney's office continues to work with federal authorities. 

The next step would be to indict Tercero on charges and file a warrant for his arrest. 

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