Update: Nebraska Murder Suspect Returning From Michigan

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A man wanted in the killing of a Nebraska woman is heading back to Nebraska after waiving extradition at a court hearing Thursday in Jackson, Michigan where he was arrested.

Jackson County Sheriff Steve Rand said a deputy stopped Craig Johnson's car for a traffic violation in Grass Lake Township about 4:30 a.m. Thursday, but Johnson sped off as the officer approached the vehicle. During the pursuit, the deputy learned Johnson’s car was reported stolen in Nebraska. After a 10-minute chase on Interstate 94, authorities disabled Johnson's car with tire-puncturing "stop sticks."

The 46-year-old is charged with the second-degree murder of 42-year-old April Smith, who was found slain Monday in their home eight miles west of Sidney.

Cheyenne County, Nebraska Attorney Paul Schaub said Johnson agreed to return Nebraska. Authorities were on the way to pick him up.

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