BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian-born Texas fugitive charged in the shooting death of his wife and their son at the family's Houston-area house can be extradited to the U.S., a court ruled Thursday.
The Bucharest Court of Appeals said Camil Matase, who was caught in eastern Romania on Nov. 20, should be returned to Houston to face charges. The FBI had asked for his extradition.
In Texas, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said a capital murder warrant names Matase. Authorities said the bodies of 47-year-old Emilia Matase and 26-year-old Emanuel Matase were discovered in their home.
Prior to the ruling, Matase, who holds U.S. and Romanian citizenship, told Romanian prosecutors at the High Court of Cassation and Justice that he suspected his wife was consorting with people who were involved in drug trafficking and prostitution. He also said that after drinking liquor he shot his sleeping wife the night of Nov. 10 and his son the next day. The bodies were discovered by 17-year-old son Teodor Matase on Nov. 14.
Thursday's ruling came a day before a two-day visit to Romania by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland who will discuss strengthening the rule of law with Romanian officials, according to the U.S. State Department.