Marine Veteran Accused of Manslaughter Waives Right to Extradition

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A former Camp Lejeune Marine accused of shooting a fellow Marine in 2013 will soon be back in Onslow County.

Tyler Prudden, 26, waived his right to an extradition hearing in Eaton County court in Michigan on Thursday morning, according to Eaton County District Court Clerk Sara Lincoln. Now, Prudden is just waiting for the Onslow County Sheriff's Office to pick him up, Lincoln confirmed.

Prudden was charged on July 19 by the OCSO with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the July 26, 2013, shooting death of Lance Cpl. Lanija Antionne Gilpatrick.

On that day, EMS arrived to find Gilpatrick unconscious with a gunshot wound that went through his eye and out the back of his head. He was initially doing well after surgery, officials told The Daily News at the time, but a few days after he died due to complications from the shooting, which was originally ruled as an accident.

"We were led to believe (Gilpatrick) had accidentally shot himself," Maj. Chris Thomas with the OCSO said.

An anonymous tip in December re-opened the case.

Prudden, who was armed at the time of his arrest last month, was taken into custody in Michigan without incident, Thomas said.

As of Thursday afternoon, the official message confirming Prudden's choice has not been received by the sheriff's office, Thomas said.

Thomas said he knew the court proceedings were scheduled for this week but the sheriff's office is usually not informed of the outcomes until a day or two after they happen.

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