California millionaire held without bail in 2012 murder case

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Peter Chadwick

This undated booking photo provided by the Newport Beach, Calif., Police Department shows Peter Chadwick. Authorities say they believe the millionaire fugitive charged with killing his wife in California spent the past four years in Mexico until intense media coverage led to hundreds of tips and eventually his capture. Newport Beach police Chief Jon Lewis said Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, that 55-year-old Chadwick was detained by Mexican authorities Sunday and flown to California on Monday. (Newport Beach Police Department via AP)

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A millionaire murder suspect has been ordered held without bail in California after he was arrested and deported by Mexican authorities following four years on the run.

Attorneys on Wednesday agreed 55-year-old Peter Chadwick would be held without bail but his lawyer reserved the right to request bail in the future.

Chadwick was arrested Sunday near Puebla, Mexico, after widespread media coverage and a police-produced podcast about his wife’s slaying.

Authorities say Chadwick strangled Quee Choo Chadwick inside the couple’s Newport Beach home in 2012.

Her body was found a week later in suburban San Diego.

Chadwick skipped a court appearance in 2015 and vanished. He was placed on the U.S. Marshals’ 15 most wanted fugitive list last year.

He is due back in court Sept. 16.

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