CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The man arrested in Charlotte and accused of killing his wife will be in court for the first time on Monday.

Curtis Lopez, 45, will face a judge around 1 p.m. this afternoon for his extradition hearing.

Lopez is charged with murdering his ex-wife after being picked up by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Violent Criminal Apprehension team at a motel in Charlotte last week.

Police say Lopez is responsible for beating and stabbing his ex-wife to death in Maryland before fleeing to North Carolina.

This weekend family, friends and investigators gathered in Maryland and searched two parks for Lopez s step-son who went missing after his mother s murder.

William McQuain, 11, has not been seen since September 30 at his middle school.
The Germantown community held a vigil Friday night, praying for William s safe return home.

About 80 people are expected to continue searching Monday.

NewChannel 36 reporter Glen Counts will be in court covering Lopez s hearing and will have more details throughout the day.

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