Suspect in Murder of Germantown Mother and Child Returns to Maryland

Spent last three weeks in North Carolina

Wednesday, Nov 2, 2011  |  Updated 4:49 PM EDT
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The man accused of bludgeoning his estranged wife to death and then murdering her 11-year-old son has been returned to Montgomery County.

Curtis Lopez, age 45, arrived in Maryland before 2 p.m. Wednesday.  Lopez, charged with the murder of 51-year-old Jane McQuain, was held in North Carolina for the past three weeks. 

Law enforcement found Lopez after his girlfriend crashed Jane McQuain's Honda CRV on a Charlotte roadway on Oct. 12. Under questioning, the woman led police to a motel room where Lopez had been shacked up. Items taken from McQuain's residence were found in Lopez's possession, including multiple copies of their marriage license.

After a massive police search around Montgomery County, on Oct. 18 a K-9 unit discovered the body of William McQuain in a wooded area near Clarksburg.  Montgomery County police chief said video from a nearby self-storage unit showed the young McQuain and Lopez together on Oct. 1. William McQuain had been roller skating and his demeanor was described as cheerful.

Lopez has yet to be formally charged in William McQuain's death but is considered the prime suspect.

State's Attorney John McCarthy said it is too soon to decide whether the death penalty would be pursued in the case, but he did not rule it out.

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