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Murder suspect extradited back to Lincoln

Ryan Long, 30, was arrested for the May 23 killing of Michael Whitemagpie (Source: KOLN)
Ryan Long, 30, was arrested for the May 23 killing of Michael Whitemagpie (Source: KOLN)(KOLNKGIN)
Published: May. 27, 2020 at 7:35 PM CDT
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Murder suspect Ryan Long, who was arrested in Florida on May 27, has been extradited back to Lancaster County to face murder charges for allegedly killing Michael Whitemagpie on May 23.

Lancaster County Jail records show Long was processed into jail on Wednesday for first-degree murder.

The criminal complaint alleges Long "did kill Michael Whitemagpie purposely and with deliberate and premeditated malice; or in the perpetration of or attempt to perpetrate any arson, robbery, kidnapping, hijacking of any public or private means of transportation, or burglary."

Other details, like why police believe Long is the one who shot and killed Whitemagpie, have been sealed.

On May 23 around 4:20 a.m., officers were dispatched to an alley with the bordering roadways of North 32nd Street, North 33rd Street, “S” Street and “T” Street on a report of a shooting.

Officers found Whitemagpie in the alley with gunshot wounds. Life-saving efforts by his friends and first responders were unsuccessful and he died.

LPD said Long and Whitemagpie have known each other for years.

Long, 30, has a lengthy criminal record. In January 2020, he was accused of shooting a 20-year-old woman in the thigh after a disagreement. He was given a $100,000 bond and was out of jail less than a week later.

Police believe he committed that shooting while out on bond for another felony accusation. Long was arrested in November 2019, accused of robbing a man in October in the parking lot of The Office Gentleman's Club.

On the day of his arrest, investigators said Long was stopped by police in Florida for a seat belt violation while sitting as a passenger in the car.

LPD said there were other factors that eventually lead officers to ask his name and after searching his information they learned he had an arrest warrant. During the search, Florida law enforcement found a .9mm handgun

Investigators are still working to determine why Long was in Florida, as well as the timeline and the motive for Whitemagpie's shooting death. LPD doesn't believe the person Long was with in Florida was involved in the murder.

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