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Judge Grants 30-day Extension For Matthew Burton Extradition

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SNOW HILL, Md. - The man accused in the rape and murder of Millsboro mother Nicole Bennett will be held in Maryland for a bit longer.

Twenty-nine-year-old Matthew Burton of Dagsboro appeared in Worcester County District Court Thursday afternoon for an extradition status hearing.

The reason Burton is staying put for now is that the district court judge granted the state of Delaware a thirty-day extension in the extradition process, to file paperwork for an arrest warrant.

Last month, we learned that Burton was fighting his extradition from Maryland to Delaware. Authorities say the crime originally believed to have been committed in Maryland was actually committed in Delaware.

"Mr. Burton is wanted out of the state of Delaware. There's an outstanding arrest warrant for him that's pending in the state of Delaware as a result of that. We are attempting to extradite him to the state of Delaware so he can answer to those charges," Worcester County State's Attorney Beau Oglesby said.

Burton was photographed walking out of court, dressed in a green uniform with hands cuffed. He appeared to be well kempt and in good health. Family members were present, but did not want to speak with us.

Last summer, the body of 35-year-old Nicole Bennett was found on Swamp Road in Worcester County. Burton was arrested shortly after by Maryland State Police and was hit with a number of charges including first and second degree murder. But the investigation later revealed the crime was actually committed in Delaware. Maryland has since dropped their charges as Delaware works to process that warrant. Another extradition hearing has been set for October 25.

WMDT also recently learned that in a separate case, a judge denied a request to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the church that hired Burton. Nicole worked at the church where she was allegedly abducted by Burton, who was a church custodian at that time. Her husband, Kevin, filed the suit against Bay Shore Community Church back in April. Kevin Bennett tells WMDT he's relieved the judge did not dismiss the case. The church now has 30 days to make a decision on how they plan to proceed - either work out a deal, or go to trial.

Kevin Bennett also says the family is doing well. The girls are in school, and at this time they don't have any big plans in the near future when it comes to fundraisers. Right now, they're just watching and waiting with everyone else to see how the wrongful death lawsuit and criminal trial pan out.  


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