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Rochelle Manning Dies in Prison While Awaiting Extradition

March 18, 1994 GMT

JERUSALEM (AP) _ Rochelle Manning, an American immigrant who was awaiting extradition to the United States for a murder trial, died today in an Israeli prison, a spokesman said.

Manning, 54, who immigrated in 1986 and settled in the Kiryat Arba settlement near Hebron, apparently suffered a heart attack, Prison Services spokesman Dubi Ben-Ami said.

Mrs. Manning was wanted in connection with the 1980 murder of Patricia Wilkerson, a secretary at a computer firm in Manhattan Beach, Calif., who died after opening a booby-trapped package intended for her boss.

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Robert Manning, 43, Mrs. Manning’s husband, was sentenced Feb. 7 to life in prison by a U.S. District Court in Los Angeles for conspiracy to murder in the same case. He was deported last July.

Mrs. Manning was tried for the murder in the United States, but the jury was unable to deliver a verdict and a mistrial was declared.

Prosecutors have alleged that the Mannings were hired to send the bomb by William Ross, 57, who was extradited from Canada to the United States in December. Ross was involved in a real estate dispute with Wilkerson’s boss.