Alleged California gang leader makes court appearance

A reputed Los Angeles gang leader made his initial appearance Thursday in Mohave County Superior Court and waived his right to fight extradition to California.

Timothy Joseph McGhee, in custody at the county jail on a murder charge, made an appearance by video before Judge Richard Weiss.

"I like to waive extradition," McGhee said from a room at the jail.

Weiss explained to McGhee that if he decided not to waive extradition, then Gov.

Janet Napolitano would be requested to return him to California.

McGhee would have 90 days with a status hearing scheduled every 30 days.

He would not have a right to a public defender but would be allowed to hire his own attorney for the extradition matter.

California officials had asked for $2 million bond on the homicide charge.

By waiving extradition, McGhee will be held without bond until California law enforcement officers pick him up.

California has 10 court days to retrieve McGhee.

McGhee, 29, the reputed leader of a Northeast Los Angeles gang, has been on the 15 most wanted fugitive list of the U.S.

Marshals Service for a 2000 murder.

He was arrested without incident Wednesday afternoon after a traffic stop in Bullhead City.

Los Angeles police alerted local police that McGhee might be headed to the area.

He had avoided captured for more than a year.

A camera crew from the television show "America's Most Wanted" was in court taping his hearing for a show to be seen Saturday.

McGhee is suspected of killing or ordering the killing of 12 people since 1997.