JUNEAU, Alaska -- A man held in a Juneau jail will be extradited to Utah to face charges in a 20-year-old murder.
District Court Judge Keith levy told Stephen Phillip Ellenwood, 40, during a status hearing Tuesday that he will be transferred to a correctional center in Weber County, Utah, The Juneau Empire reported.
Juneau Assistant Public Defender Timothy Ayer said he didn't plan to challenge the extradition.
The timing of the transfer wasn't immediately clear, but Levy told Ellenwood he should be gone by the time his next Juneau hearing was set, in 30 days.
Police arrested Ellenwood May 8 after troopers showed up at his home in Haines, Alaska, with a warrant from Utah. He was captured after he fled into the woods.
He was transferred to the Lemon Creek Correctional Facility in Juneau because small towns in southeast Alaska are not equipped to hold prisoners for more than a few days.
He faces criminal homicide and aggravated murder charges in the death of 92-year-old Mae Odle, who was killed in Ogden, Utah, in 1993.
Ellenwood's DNA matched fingerprints and hair found in Odle's room at a retirement home, Weber County Attorney Dee Smith previously said.
Utah authorities on April 26 filed an arrest warrant for Ellenwood and sealed it so he wouldn't be tipped off.
Ogden police say the attacker climbed through an unlocked window at a retirement home in the early hours of May 3, 1993, then raped and beat Odle in her room. Police say he was buttoning his pants when an employee who heard the noise came in to check on the woman, and he fled.
Odle died six days later in a hospital from the beatings to her head, chest and limbs. Police also say DNA evidence links him to the sexual assault of a 57-year-old woman the same day Odle was attacked.
Five years ago, Ellenwood was released from an Idaho state prison, where he served a 2002 aggravated assault conviction. In November of 1993, he was convicted of carrying a concealed dangerous weapon. In 1994, Ellenwood admitted committing aggravated assault. And in 2001, he pleaded no contest to drunken driving charges.