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Pastor accused of wife's murder waives right to extradition

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Richard Shahan at his extradition hearing. (Photo: Matthew Kennedy) Richard Shahan at his extradition hearing. (Photo: Matthew Kennedy)
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

A Homewood pastor charged with the murder of his wife will be returned from Tennessee. In a Nashville, Tennessee court on Tuesday morning, Richard Shahan waived his right to extradition.

Shahan's wife was murdered in July of 2013. At the time, Shahan says he was visiting his son in Kentucky. Police questioned him and he was released.

Recently, Shahan was arrested on New Year's Day while attempting to board a plane to Germany. Homewood police say they believe Shahan was attempting to flee to Russia, a country that does not have an extradition treaty with the U.S. Shahan's attorney denies the allegation, saying the former associate pastor of the First Baptist of Birmingham was on a mission trip.

Homewood police have now charged Shahan with his wife's murder. Jefferson County authorities have 10 days to pick him up.

Shahan is not fighting extradition. His attorney, John Lentine, wants his client back in Alabama. Lentine wants a court hearing to set bond for Shahan so he could be out of jail until trial.

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