Gov. Lincoln Chafee and defense attorneys have asked an appeals court in Boston to delay an order that would result in a federal court arraignment for an inmate facing a possible death-penalty prosecution.
Lawyers for Chafee and Jason Pleau filed their request on Friday with the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. They say they plan to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review Pleau’s case. In a 3-2 decision, the panel ruled Pleau may stand trial in federal court.
Pleau is accused of fatally shooting a gas station manager outside of a Woonsocket bank in 2010.
Chafee has refused to surrender Pleau. He said prosecutors want to try him federally to make the death penalty a possible punishment for him. Rhode Island does not have capital punishment.