A 24-year-old man arrested Saturday in Lawrence in connection with the murder of a 31-year-old Roanoke, Va., woman agreed this morning to return to Virginia for trial proceedings.
The man, James S. Ware III, Covington, Va., waived extradition proceedings during a hearing in Douglas County District Court.
Roanoke police reported that Ware is wanted in connection with the murder Thursday of Ophelia L. Wiley, who died at her home after her throat was slashed.
Lawrence police became involved in the case late Friday, when Ware ditched a car he allegedly stole in Illinois at the West Lawrence exit of the Kansas Turnpike.
Police said Ware, who had been driving on the turnpike, didn't have enough money to pay his toll when he tried to get off at the West Lawrence exit. A turnpike employee called a trooper and told Ware to pull over and shut off the vehicle he was driving, a 1980 Oldsmobile Toronado. When the trooper arrived, the car was unattended. The trooper checked the license plate and found that the car had been reported stolen.
Lawrence police conducted a manhunt for Ware and found him at 12:55 a.m. Saturday outside the Virginia Inn Motel, 2907 W. Sixth.
Roanoke authorities reported that after the murder, Ware hitched a ride from a Roanoke man in a mini-van. The men drove to Covington, where Ware was able to steal the vehicle. Ware drove the mini-van to Illinois, where he allegedly stole the Toronado.