King took custody of Hydrick for about 2 weeks during a bizarre extradition from Georgia. King accused Orange County authorities of giving him the "run-around" when he attempted to confirm that a warrant had been issued for Hydrick's arrest. King said a circuit court judge released Hydrick into his custody, pending confirmation of the warrant.
According to King, guards for the private company hired by the Orange County district attorney's office to transport Hydrick back to California deposited Hydrick with him after they became unnerved and claimed that Hydrick used supernatural powers to rock the van in which they were traveling.
King said the two guards told a Johnson County jailer not to look Hydrick in the eye for fear of his casting a spell. King also said Hydrick appeared to have been beaten up.
"There was a knot on the side of his head, his lip was busted, and his arms were bleeding from where they had handcuffed him," he said. "They had also put three leg irons on him. The whole thing was very fishy."
Officials at the Extradition Corp. of America, the company that transported Hydrick, could not be reached for comment. The company subsequently brought Hydrick to California.
Peterson said Hydrick was "returned to us in good condition" and said the extradition company appeared to have violated no procedures. "I have no question that they did what they were supposed to do," he said.
Peterson would not comment on King's statements but said this of Hydrick: "If he can do that to an adult law enforcement officer in some other state, get him to think that he is decent, just think what an effect he could have on children."
Hydrick's arraignment will continue Monday.