HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - "I look forward to having my day in court," Anthony Simoneau told Circuit Court Judge Richard Perkins. The Hawaii man, accused of murdering his wife in 2007 waived extradition Monday, repeatedly telling the court that he wants to return to California to defend himself.
It was a surprise, since his attorney, Lesley Maloian, told Hawaii News Now on Friday that they were probably going to fight extradition.
"Speaking with him, he decided that it was better for him to get to California as soon as possible to face the charges there," says Maloian.
Simoneau and his wife, Fumiko Ogawa, a Japanese national, lived in the San Diego area. She went missing in January of 2007 and her remains were found in the desert.
Simoneau moved to Hawaii. He has always maintained his innocence.
But Fumiko Ogawa's family, still in Japan, suspected Simoneau from the start. They burned incense and prayed at her alter this weekend after finding out about the criminal charge.
"I hope he confesses," says Fumiko's mother, Chieko Ogawa, "Killing someone is the worst thing a person can do."
San Diego police are expected to pick up Simoneau in the next two weeks.