Alleged murderer, kidnapper to be extradited to Tyler next week

Friday, November 2, 2012 - 4:03pm

James Calvert, the man who allegedly kidnapped his son and murdered his ex-wife this week, is expected back in East Texas next week.

According to the Ouachita Correction Center in Louisiana, James Calvert, 41, of Smith County, has signed a waiver of extradition and will be transported at an unknown time next week.

Calvert was arrested in West Monroe, Louisiana, on Thursday by local law enforcement. He is accused of kidnapping his son, Lucas Calvert, 4, following the alleged murder of his ex-wife Jelena Radovanivic Sriraman, 30, of Tyler, on Wednesday.

When police tried to pull Calvert's car over in West Monroe, the suspect took off and led police on a high speed car chase. It ended shortly when Calvert turned down a road with no outlet and crashed. His son was found unharmed.

Once Calvert is returned to Smith County, his bond will be set at $2 million. He is charged with capital murder and kidnapping.

Lucas Calvert and his 5-year-old sister have been turned over to their stepfather, who is in the process of adopting both children, according to Child Protective Services Spokeswoman Shari Pulliam.

Pulliam also says the children appear to have a good relationship with the stepfather, as they are already calling him "Dad."


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