TRUMBULL COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - A woman has been arrested in Brazil and brought back to Ohio for the 2007 murder of her husband in Newton Falls.
The Trumbull County prosecutor said Claudia C. Hoerig was returned to Trumbull County pursuant to an extradition treaty between the United States and Brazil for the March 12, 2007 murder of her husband Karl Hoerig.
Karl, a decorated Air Force and commercial airline pilot, was discovered in his home by police with multiple gunshot wounds to his back and head.
According to a news release from the Trumbull County prosecutor, Claudia fled to Brazil on the day of her husband's death. A warrant for aggravated murder was issued for Claudia more than 10 years ago.
"It has been a long time coming for the family and friends of Major Karl Hoerig, but today, more than ten years later, they finally receive the justice they deserve," said U.S. Marshals agent Pete Elliott.
Karl's brother traveled to Brazil to meet with elected officials to pressure them to extradite Claudia back to the United States, but Brazilian law prevents the country's citizens from being extradited. The Trumbull County Prosecutor's Office proved that Claudia renounced her Brazilian citizenship when she signed documents to become a U.S. citizen.
Ohio State Representative John Boccieri, who served with Karl at the Air Force Reserve Base in Youngstown, shared a message on Facebook after hearing the news of Claudia's extradition to Trumbull County.
The murder investigation was recently featured on a CBS episode of "48 Hours."
According to the "48 Hours" investigation, Karl and Claudia were married for two years prior to the murder. Karl met Claudia, a former English teacher and accountant, on an internet dating site.
Those who were close to Karl said their relationship was troubled from the start.
"He could see that she was basically dragging him down," Karl's brother Paul told CBS News.
Karl and his first wife, Rhonda, had two children together. His daughter Eva said she found out that she was pregnant months before her father's death, and Karl was excited to be a grandfather.
Claudia's initial arraignment in Trumbull County is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Jan. 19. She has been charged aggravated murder.