One-time PCC nursing program student Isaac Campbell, suspected in the slaying of former PCC student Liya Jessie Lu, was extradited from Minneapolis, Minn. to Los Angeles on Tuesday.Officials at the Hennepin County Sheriff’s jail released custody of Campbell to local sheriff’s authorities at 11:10 a.m. Central standard time (9:10 a.m. PST). Almost 12 hours later, he was booked in the L.A. Sheriff’s department West Hollywood station, where he spent the night, according to LASD records.
Campbell was moved to the Inmate Reception Center in downtown L.A. on Wednesday, where he is being held on bail of $1,275,000.
Lu was found dead in Arcadia on Sept. 15, where her body was in decomposition and covered by kitty litter to avoid any strange odors, according to L.A. Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau Lieutenant Gil Carrillo.
“Campbell was meant to be here. There is no reason why he should be held in Minneapolis,” said Jeremy Zhou, Lu’s cousin.
“Campbell’s case will take [several] months to have an ending,” said Detective James Charles. “He will have a preliminary hearing, and later on, he will face the jury trial.”
Campbell’s court appearance for the preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 18 at the Alhambra Courthouse.
Lu’s parents are still mystified about the reason for the killing of their daughter. “Campbell’s sentence is up to the judge,” said Lu’s mother Shilan Guo in Chinese mandarin.
Lu’s parents are planning to remain in the U.S. until the case is resolved, but they have only been granted a six-month visa, which expires in April 2008.
Jun Lu, Liya Lu’s brother, went back to Jiangsu, China Tuesday to work so that his parents can continue living in the U.S.
According to Zhou, it was difficult for Lu’s brother to work in the U.S. due to the language barrier and primarily, the lack of working papers.
Lu graduated from PCC with an AA degree in Spring 2006 and was reapplying for the nursing program at PCC.
Campbell, who is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, was arrested in Minnesota on Sept. 27, after a warrant was issued for his arrest.