Extradition moves forward for Sanford murder suspect

SANFORD, N.C. (WTVD) -- The paperwork required to move forward with an extradition has been completed in the case of a Sanford murder suspect.

Texas authorities confirm the state's governor has signed off on a warrant to transport Billy Jo McLean back to Lee County.

McLean is charged in the July murders of his wife, Calandra McLean, and his teen step-daughter, Tashonna. After a four-day manhunt, McLean was captured in a Texas motel parking lot.

Billy Jo McLean

His teen stepson, unaware of his mother and sisters murders, was able to use social media to alert authorities.


Because McLean refused extradition, a Governor's warrant was required to legally transport him from a Texas jail to North Carolina. Governor Pat McCrory signed off on the warrant soon after McLean's arrest.

On Friday, the office of Texas Governor Greg Abbott confirmed the warrant had been signed on that end.

It's unclear when McLean will arrive in Lee County.

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