Rexford Lynn Keel, the Nash County man accused of killing his wife, waived extradition and will be back in North Carolina Friday morning.
Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone is in Pima County Thursday as Keel appeared in court.
Pima County Superior Court Judge Lee Ann Roads found Lynn Keel knowingly, voluntarily and intelligently gave up his right to challenge extradition and signed the waiver.
Keel was arrested Sunday near Tuscon.
Keel is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 38-year-old Diana Keel.
Diana Keel was reported missing more than a week ago. Lynn Keel was questioned following her disappearance but later released.
Lynn Keel was found with a large amount of cash and was possibly headed to the Mexican border, the sheriff said.
Both his cars had been seized before he left so Lynn Keel was driving a vehicle that belongs to his parents.
On Sunday, Stone said that Diana Keel died from multiple stab wounds.
Diana Keel was last seen alive March 8 by a postal worker who delivered a package to her at 11 a.m., Sone said Sunday. Diana Keel was reported missing the next day.
From the beginning, investigators called Lynn Keel a person of interest in the case.