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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A motivational speaker from Virginia charged with murdering his business partner has been extradited to California.
Prosecutors say Gary Shawkey of Mechanicsville was booked into the Orange County jail Thursday evening. His first court appearance is set for Monday.
Shawkey is accused of luring Robert Vendrick of Phoenix, 71, on a sailing trip off the Southern California coast last February under the guise of finalizing a business deal. Vendrick hasn't been seen since.
Shawkey also faces a special circumstance allegation that he murdered Vendrick for financial gain - making him eligible for the death penalty if convicted.
Shawkey ran several Internet-based companies and co-authored a motivational autobiography, "If I Can ... Anybody Can."