Homewood pastor Richard Shahan returns to Jefferson County Wednesday

Richard Shahan, the former Homewood pastor accused of killing his wife, was extradited to Birmingham, Ala. from Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, January 8, 2013. (

The Homewood pastor accused of killing his wife last year returned to Alabama and was transported to the Jefferson County Jail Wednesday.

Rev. Richard Shahan was arrested for the murder of his wife, Karen, by Homeland Security ICE agents at the Nashville airport while he was attempting to board a plane to Germany New Year's Day. Authorities said Shahan was attempting to flee the country to Russia.

Shahan waived extradition during a Tuesday hearing in Nashville.

"It does remain an ongoing investigation," said Homewood Police Chief Jim Roberson during a news conference last week. "It will until the trial and until the conclusion of that trial."

The murder warrant was issued Dec. 31.

The body of Shahan's wife was found in the couple's Hugh Circle house July 23. Rev. Shahan was later questioned but released.

"Once he got over into Germany and ultimately into Russia, the chances of extraditing him are pretty nil," said Roberson. "If we can't get Snowden back, we probably couldn't get him back either."

Roberson said certain inconsistencies in interviews kept leading them back to Shahan as a suspect.

Police do have a motive, but it wasn't released.