Birmingham Pastor Accused Of Wife's Murder Waives Extradition

Birmingham Pastor Accused Of Wife's Murder Waives Extradition

CREATED Jan 7, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Birmingham pastor accused of murdering his wife will be extradited to Alabama within the next 10 days.

Richard Shahan waived his right to an extradition hearing and signed extradition papers in Davidson County Criminal Court Tuesday morning. By doing so, he will be returned to Alabama to face murder charges.

Shahan was arrested on New Year's Day at Nashville International Airport after booking a flight to Germany in an attempt to flee to Russia. Shahan had already checked his luggage and passed security, but never made it onto the plane. He was red flagged by the computer system and Homeland Security ICE Agents took him into custody.

Investigators from the Homewood Police Department in Alabama issued an arrest warrant on December 31, 2013, in connection with the murder of his wife, Karen Shahan. 

She was found stabbed to death inside of their home in Birmingham on July 23, 2013. Richard Shahan was interviewed by police days after her murder, but was later released.

Richard Shahan was an associate pastor at the First Baptist Church of Birmingham, but resigned from the position on December 31.

Prior to moving to Alabama, the Shahan's lived in Franklin, Tennessee. Karen worked as a teacher at Franklin Classical School and Richard worked at Kimble Knight Ministries.

Past Stories: