Alicia Fox, 27, of Detroit was found dead June 9, 2014, after weeks her family searched for her for weeks. / Detroit Police
DETROIT - A Detroit man suspected in the killing of his wife is fighting extradition Thursday as investigators continue to search for the woman's two missing children.
Erin Justice, 28, was arrested Wednesday in Atlanta, where a hearing was held Thursday afternoon.
"He has decided to wait for the warrant from Michigan" rather than waive extradition and return to Detroit voluntarily, said Tracy Flanagan, a spokeswoman with the Fulton County Sheriff's Office in Georgia. "And he will remain in the Fulton County Jail for the next 30 days."
A governor's warrant is required to transport Justice to Michigan, she said. He is being held without bond on on a fugitive from justice charge, and his next hearing is July 14.
Detroit police accuse him of killing Alicia Fox, 27, the mother of his 8-month-old son and a 6-year-old girl from a previous relationship. Her body was found Monday, wrapped in blankets underneath a door in an abandoned home in Detroit; she had been missing for more than two weeks.
Family members had been searching for her themselves because they had not seen her since May 24, and Fox's uncle found her body. Kristian Justice, 8 months, and Kaylah Hunter, 6, remain missing.
"Our focus now in this investigation is locating the children," Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Thursday. "I'm hopeful that the children are alive."
Justice flew to Atlanta several days ago and hadn't been there long before authorities made contact with him, Craig said. FBI agents interviewed him Tuesday but did not arrest him until Wednesday.
Detroit investigators flew to Atlanta to talk to Justice because they believe he has information that will lead authorities to the children, the Detroit police chief said. Wayne County Circuit Court records show that Justice pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon in 2008 and was sentenced to probation.
A second man, a 27-year-old from Detroit, also was arrested and is expected to be charged as an accessory after the fact, Craig said.
Fox lived in a Detroit home with her two young children and Justice. Her body was found with multiple gunshot wounds, including two to her head, about 7 miles from where she had lived, according to the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office.
On Wednesday night, police executed a second search warrant on the home where Fox had been living until around Memorial Day weekend. Authorities found a bullet lodged in a wall, which had been freshly patched and painted, a person familiar with the investigation told the Free Press.
Authorities also determined that blood was spattered on the ceiling of an upstairs bedroom at the home. They have not determined whether that blood is from Fox or her children.
Investigators searched the home's back yard Wednesday and dug in the yard of a vacant house nearby after finding loose dirt but didn't find anything. Authorities are also looking for Fox's burgundy Chevy Impala.
Police consider the home the scene of the crime.
An FBI evidence team picked through tall brush in the back yard of the home where Fox's decomposed body was found. Authorities also searched behind multiple homes on the street.
Detroit Police Capt. Eric Decker said officials are looking for "any evidence of a homicide."
Contributing: Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press
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