A man accused of killing his grandparents in Maryland and then driving to Oklahoma waived his right to fight extradition Thursday, a judge said.
Matthew Charles Long, 31, is expected to be charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of George Vaughn Pepper, 87, and Marjorie Marie Pepper, 85, of Baltimore, authorities there said Thursday.
“He's our only suspect,” Baltimore County police Corp. Cathy Batton said after Maryland detectives interviewed Long earlier this week.
Batton declined to say whether Long confessed to killing the couple, even though Weatherford police found a note in a hotel room where Long attempted suicide that read: “I'm sorry for what I did,” according to an arrest warrant affidavit filed this week in Oklahoma County District Court.
Long was treated for a drug overdose at Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City and spent several days in intensive care before being transferred to the Oklahoma County jail.
Oklahoma County District Judge Ray C. Elliott, who signed the extradition paperwork, said Maryland authorities have 10 working days to return Long to Maryland, where he will be formally charged.
Batton declined to comment on the extradition process Thursday because she had not seen the paperwork.
A warrant for Long's arrest was issued after police in Baltimore found the couple dead inside their home Sept. 10.
Police there said the couple had probably been dead since Sept. 8
Long lived with the victims but was not at the residence when police arrived to check on the couple, according to the Oklahoma County affidavit.
The couple's vehicle was missing, and police found evidence in Long's bedroom — including bloody clothing — linking him to the slayings, police reported.
The victims died of blunt- and sharp-force trauma. The murder weapons were a pair of 20-pound dumbbells and a knife, Baltimore County police reported. The knife has not been recovered, police said.