Man held in SF for 1976 Massachusetts slaying 

A man is being held in a San Francisco jail as he fights extradition relating to a robbery slaying of a funeral home worker more than 33 years ago in Massachusetts.

Norman Pike, 52, the grandson of a funeral home owner in Gloucester, Mass., was arrested in The City and is being held without bail.

Kevin Ireland, 52, of Gloucester on Monday pleaded not guilty in Gloucester District Court in the case. Pike and Ireland are charged with the 1976 killing of 65-year-old Eleanor Wadsworth.

Police say Wadsworth was beaten and shot at Pike’s Funeral Home in Gloucester, where she lived and worked, when she caught three men robbing the safe.

Prosecutor Michael Patten said in court Monday that the third man, who has since died, fatally shot Wadsworth.

Ireland’s mother told The Boston Globe her son is innocent.

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