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Dougherty gang's extradition to GA could take a while


The Dougherty gang, accused of a violent cross-country crime spree this month, was back in court Monday, but formal charges against them are on hold.

Prosecutors in Colorado are trying to decide where to file the charges because the police chase with Lee Grace Dougherty, Ryan Dougherty, and Dylan Stanley went through two counties.

It could be a month or more before they're brought back to Georgia to face bank robbery charges.

It's been almost two weeks since police say the Dougherty gang fired nearly 20 shots at a Zephyrhills Florida officer and robbed the Certus Bank in Valdosta. Det. Scottie Johns was assigned to the bank robbery case.

 "(We were) scared someone was going to get possibly shot and killed due to the aggression they showed when they went in the bank," said Valdosta Police Det. Scottie Johns.

On August 10 the siblings were captured in Colorado after a high speed chase that ended in a crash. Lee Grace Dougherty opened fire and police shot her in the leg.

For now the trio is in still in Colorado facing attempted first degree murder and assault charges.

"I'm confident saying they'll come back to Georgia," said Valdosta Police Commander Brian Childress. "When will that take place? Probably when some of the charges are finalized in Colorado."

Cmdr. Childress tells us they'll probably be sent to Georgia to face charges before Florida.

"The only reason I say that is because the fact the FBI filed the federal arrest warrants here in Georgia," said Cmdr. Childress.

A ballpark estimate is thirty to sixty days before they come to Georgia.

 "That's just a complete guess on my part," said Cmdr. Childress.

While police wait on the siblings extradition, they continue investigating that robbery reviewing video and looking for any other evidence that could help their case.

The bank robbery charges were filed in Macon through the U.S. Attorney's office there. Police don't think the siblings will be back in Lowndes County.

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