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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Wednesday, October 3, 2001

Indiana man to be extradited soon in murder

By Brandon Masuoka
Advertiser Staff Writer

A man charged in the 1975 murder of a 13-year-old O'ahu girl could be extradited from Indiana as soon as two weeks, said Honolulu police.

Two Honolulu police officers are scheduled to bring back Delmar Edmonds, 46, who was charged in the murder of Dawn "Dede" Bustamante of Kailua, said homicide Lt. Bill Kato.

Edmonds had been held in an Indianapolis jail, unable to post $500,000 bail. A warrant issued by a Hawai'i court in July charged Edmonds with murdering Bustamante.

"We're aiming for the week of Oct. 15," Kato said. "That would be the earliest."

Kato said the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and its effects on air travel forced them to change plans for an earlier extradition.

Edmonds was stationed at the Marine Corps base in Kane'ohe when Bustamante was killed. She was fatally shot after a man kidnapped her and another 13-year-old girl. The other girl escaped.

Last year, a former Marine who had been stationed with Edmonds contacted authorities and told them that Edmonds asked him to lie about his whereabouts the night Bustamante was killed, March 14, 1975, according to court documents.