Pettis has until June 22 to fight

Updated: June 10, 2004, 11:47 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Lawyers for former Fresno State basketball player Terry Pettis said Thursday they plan to challenge his extradition to California to face murder charges.

Pettis appeared in Hennepin County District Court with his lawyers, Jerry Strauss and Rachael Goldberger, for a hearing on an extradition warrant issued by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Defense lawyers must submit their challenge by a June 22 hearing or Pettis could be extradited to California the next day, Strauss said.

Pettis, 19, is charged with murder, attempted murder and robbery in the April 27 shooting death of Rene Abbott, 18, in Fresno, Calif.

If convicted, Pettis, a former Patrick Henry High School basketball standout, could be eligible for the death penalty or life without parole.

"This is a very serious thing for him," Strauss said. "He's not taking it well."

He is being held in the Hennepin County jail without bail.

Pettis played parts of two seasons for Fresno State before being suspended and later dismissed from the team.

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