Suspect in Maryland slayings waives right to fight extradition from Oklahoma

Matthew Charles Long, 31, is accused of killing his grandparents in their Baltimore home. He drove to Oklahoma and was hospitalized after attempting suicide.
by Tim Willert Modified: September 20, 2012 at 9:58 pm •  Published: September 21, 2012
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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.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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