Suspect in family slaying opposes extradition

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - A 36-year-old man accused of killing his wife and three of her children is fighting his extradition from South Carolina to Virginia.

John Ragin says he is innocent. He asked South Carolina authorities at a hearing Friday not to send him back to Newport News, Va., where he faces four counts of first-degree murder, four counts of unlawful stabbing and arson.

Authorities accuse Ragin of killing his wife, Crystal, and her children, 15-year-old Sierra, 10-year-old Rasheed and 6-year-old Lakwan. Police say the victims appeared to have been stabbed and burned.

Investigators say Ragin left the couple's 5-year-old son at a relative's house in Clarendon County, and was arrested a short time later.

Ragin says he wasn't a fugitive because he was already in South Carolina when arrest warrants were signed.

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