Elderly man wanted in Wyoming dies

William Hartwell Bricker

TRAVERSE CITY — An elderly Glen Arbor man wanted in Wyoming on sexual assault accusations died at his home.

William Bricker, 94, died Jan. 10. He had been the subject of a lengthy extradition process in Grand Traverse County. He faced sex crime charges in Teton County, Wyoming, from accusations of multiple sexual assaults at a ranch going back to 1962.

But Bricker's poor health delayed his extradition. Bricker's attorney Anders Gillis said Bricker had been unable to talk with a doctor who last week tried to evaluate whether he understood the extradition process.

"Needless to say, it was not possible to perform the evaluation because he was in a vegetative state," he said.

Gillis said Bricker died in home hospice care. He said Bricker maintained his innocence as long as he could talk.

"When he was still able to communicate with us he denied the charges and he wanted to know who was making the accusations," Gillis said. "The accusers only publicly came forward after he lost his faculties."

Read more in Tuesday's Record-Eagle.

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