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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The Youngstown man accused of beating and stabbing a mother of four young children, is expected to go before a Judge in Columbus on Friday.

An extradition hearing will be held to determine when 39-year-old Larry Johnson will be brought back to Youngstown to answer to a charge of murder. Johnson could either agree to be brought back to the Valley, or he could try to fight extradition.

21 News has confirmed that Youngstown Police Detectives traveled to Columbus on New Year's Day to attempt to question Johnson after he was arrested by the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force. But at this point sources say Johnson is not talking.

Four young children are without a mother after the body of 26-year-old LaShea Parker was found beaten and stabbed to death in her Shelby Road home, on Youngstown's west side.

The discovery was made on New Year's Eve, at about 2pm. That's when a neighbor alerted police that the victim's children were outside in the cold, and when the neighbor went to investigate, Parker's lifeless body was found in a first floor bedroom.

Youngstown Police immediately began searching for Johnson, who was Parker's live-in boyfriend.

On New Year's Day, Youngstown's U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force had information that Johnson was in Columbus, and asked their Columbus counterpart to assist them.

Johnson was arrested without incident, driving the murder victim's car, outside a WalMart Super Center in Columbus.

He is being held at the Franklin County Jail and will go before a Judge at 1:30pm on Friday for an extradition hearing. The hearing will determine when Johnson will be brought back to the Valley to face the murder charge.

Parker, a nursing assistant at Shepherd of the Valley, died sometime New Year's Eve morning. Police have not disclosed a motive for the brutal crime.

Detectives at this point have not found any police reports or other evidence of prior domestic abuse between the murder victim and the suspect.

A search warrant has now been issued for the victim's car, and as soon as it's returned from Columbus, it will be combed for evidence that could be related to the crime. Any potential evidence seized will be sent to BCI, the state's crime lab.

Johnson could be back in the Valley possibly as early as Friday evening. But detectives admit the weather may play a role in when he's returned to the area.

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