A man arrested at the U.S.-Canada border in Michigan in the shooting death of a Bismarck man has waived extradition and will be brought back to North Dakota to face charges.
Earl Howard, 41, appeared in St. Clair County District Court on Friday, following his arrest Thursday.
“We will coordinate with the county out there with arrangements for us to pick him up and bring him back,” Burleigh County Sheriff Kelly Leben said.
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Howard was arrested on the Blue Water Bridge connecting Port Huron, Mich., with Ontario, Canada. Local authorities say Howard has dual U.S. and Canadian citizenship, and had been living in Belwood, Ontario.
An arrest warrant was issued and formal charges were filed against Howard on Wednesday in the death of Chad Entzel, 42, of Bismarck. Entzel’s body was found Jan. 2 after authorities responded to a report of a structure fire on 43rd Avenue Northeast. Howard is charged with murder, arson, murder conspiracy, arson conspiracy and conspiracy to tamper with evidence.
Entzel's wife, Nikki Entzel, 38, is charged with three conspiracy counts in connection with her husband’s death. She is in the Burleigh Morton Detention Center in lieu of $500,000 cash bail.
The nature of the relationship between Howard and Nikki Entzel isn't clear. Authorities have not discussed a possible motive.