Man wanted for murder in Indiana arrested in Hamilton

Hamilton police arrested Roman Urista last week on a driving under suspension charge and later discovered he was wanted in Indiana for murder. During his Butler County court appearance Tuesday, Nov. 8, Urista declined to waive his right to an extradition hearing in order to be sent to Indiana, maintaining he was innocent. GREG LYNCH / STAFF
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Hamilton police arrested Roman Urista last week on a driving under suspension charge and later discovered he was wanted in Indiana for murder. During his Butler County court appearance Tuesday, Nov. 8, Urista declined to waive his right to an extradition hearing in order to be sent to Indiana, maintaining he was innocent. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

A man living in Hamilton who is wanted on a murder charge in Indiana was arrested last week by police.

On Tuesday, Roman Cruz Urista Jr., 61, of the 400 block of 12th Street, was in Butler County Common Pleas Court for an extradition hearing. He declined to waive extradition to Grant County, Ind.

“I want to stay because I am innocent,” Urista told Judge Charles Pater.

Urista was arrested about 2:35 p.m. Thursday at his residence on a bench warrant from Hamilton Municipal Court for driving under suspension.

When he was arrested last week, the warrant from Indiana was found, according to sheriff deputies.

Urista will now await the governor of Indiana to issue a warrant for his arrest to Ohio’s governor, which can take up to 30 days.

Indiana county offices were closed on Tuesday for Election Day and more details about the Indiana warrant could not be obtained.