Romanian man returns to Houston to face trial in deaths of wife and son

The suspect was extradited back from Romania after Harris County officials agreed to not pursue the death penalty against him
February 7, 2014 8:17:10 PM PST
A father accused of killing his wife and adult son in their home in Cypress, then fleeing halfway around the world, is now back in Houston to face murder charges.

It's been nearly three months since that gruesome double murder on his family. When asked about the allegations against him, the accused man only mumbled two words: "No comment."

With a sleepy appearance and a new bearded face, Camil Matase hardly said a word as he was lead into the Harris County Courthouse to face capital murder charges.

US marshals traveled to Romania to bring the 48-year-old man back to Harris County. Deputies say Matase, who has dual citizenship, fled to his home country after killing his wife Emilia and son Emmanuel at their home in west Harris County on November 14.

Back then, concerned family members called deputies to the home to do a welfare check when they couldn't reach anyone. Once inside, investigators found Matase's wife in the master bedroom with multiple gunshot wounds. His 26-year-old son was found in the study with a fatal bullet wound to the head.

Police worked to find the killer. Eventually, they found out their suspect Number 1 was a world away.

"He was staying with family members there in Romania," said Deputy TL Gilliland with the Harris County Sheriff's Office

Eyewitness News learned a court in Romania agreed to extradite Matase back to Harris County on the condition the DA's office would not seek the death penalty.

His first stop in the U.S. was a face-to-face hearing with Harris County judge.

"The magistrate read the warrant for Mr. Matase, letting him read and telling him what the two charges against him," Gilliland said. "This was the agreement of the extradition to have him magistrated as soon as he came back on US territory. He is now with the Harris County Sheriff's Office and his next court appearance will be 9am Monday."

Matase spent Friday afternoon being interviewed by Harris County homicide detectives. His youngest son is alive. He wasn't home at the time of the killings.

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