WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. congressman says a woman suspected of murdering her husband in northeast Ohio and fleeing to Brazil has been arrested by authorities there.
Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan says the U.S. ambassador to Brazil notified him Wednesday about Claudia Hoerig’s arrest. He says Brazil’s Supreme Court justices this week upheld a decision revoking Hoerig’s citizenship in Brazil, allowing extradition efforts to proceed.
Officials previously said she had U.S. citizenship but couldn’t be extradited because she was born in Brazil.
Prosecutors allege Hoerig fatally shot 44-year-old Karl Hoerig in 2007 at their Newton Falls home. A federal warrant charged her with fleeing to avoid prosecution.
In a statement released by Ryan, Karl Hoerig’s brother and the Trumbull County prosecutor indicated they’re hopeful Hoerig will be returned to Ohio to stand trial.