SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Algene Leeland Vossen is currently awaiting extradition to Minnesota for the 1974 homicide of Mabel Agnes Boyer Herman in Willmar.
The process to extradite is a fairly standard process but defendants have constitutional due process rights that the courts must uphold, according to Mandi Mowery from the Minnehaha County State’s Attorney's office.
“We don’t handle any of the underlying charges here,” Mowery said. “We don’t get into any of the facts of the case or anything involving what he might be charged with in Minnesota.”
Vossen had his initial appearance in Minnehaha County court July 24, a day after being arrested for a Willmar arrest warrant to face a charge of second-degree murder.
Bail was set as a cash-only $50,000 bond and his next hearing date is scheduled for August 21.
Vossen has the option to waive the extradition process, allowing Minnesota authorities to bring him back to face trial. He has, so far, not waived that process.
This will require his extradition to go through the South Dakota courts and he has now obtained a public defender, according to Mowery.
Mowery said that while Vossen has due process rights, he doesn’t have a lot of legal options to fight extradition.
“He could say that we have the wrong person under arrest or he could say that he’s not the person that Minnesota wants or he could say that there’s something wrong with the paperwork,” Mowery said.
Part of the extradition process requires a warrant from Gov. Tim Walz’s office to be sent to South Dakota, at which point a governor's warrant from Gov. Kristi Noem would be sent to Mowery’s office which would then be served to Vossen.
Walz’s office did not respond to a request for comment and Noem's office said they have not seen anything regarding a warrant.
Vossen was arrested for Herman's murder following a cold case review by the Willmar Police Department that identified Vossen as a suspect and confirmed through DNA evidence that linking Vossen to evidence in the 1974 homicide.