Amherst murder suspects will return to western Mass.

The two New Salem brothers waived extradition in Flagstaff, AZ

Soknang Chham (left) of New Salem is accused of murder and armed assault with intent to murder. Soksot Chham (right) is charged with accessory after the fact to murder. Images Courtesy: Flagstaff, Arizona Police Department

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Soknang Chham and Soksot Chham waived extradition in a Flagstaff, Arizona courtroom, on Friday, clearing the path for their return to western Massachusetts to face murder charges in connection with the October 15th shootings at the Southpoint Apartments in Amherst.

Jose Rodriguez was killed in that shooting, and another man was seriously wounded.

According to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, Soknang and Soksot are expected to be returned to Massachusetts in the coming weeks for arraignment in the Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown.

Soknang faces one count of murder and one count of armed assault with intent to murder. Soksot is charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder.

No further information is available at this time about the timeline of their return.

The two were taken into custody by the United States Marshals Service Tuesday, October 25th,  evening near Flagstaff on arrest warrants after investigators learned that they had left Massachusetts on a bus bound for Phoenix.

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