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Local Scientist Extradited to West Virginia

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - An Energy Northwest scientist accused of murder in West Virginia was extradited to West Virginia early Thursday morning. 

32-year-old Chad Renzelman is being transported across the country by van through a company that moves inmates. It's expected to take about a week for him to get there.

Renzelman and his college friend, Todd Honaker, face first degree murder charges in connection with the death of Honaker's wife. She died within an hour of taking two hits of LSD that police said Renzelman sent to West Virginia.

"We believe, at this time, these substances were passed across state lines through the U.S. Mail. There's a potential for some federal charges to be filed but that would be up to the U.S. Attorney's Office," said Roane County Prosecuting Attorney Joshua Downey.

Kennewick Police served a search warrant at Renzelman's home. That turned up what police believe is more LSD, a kit with drug paraphernalia and a functioning scale, among other things.

Renzelman was arrested locally for delivery of a controlled substance but he will not be charged with that here in Benton County because local prosecutors believe that's part of West Virginia's case against him.