Suspect in FL’s mother’s death refuses to waive extradition
MAURY COUNTY, Tennessee (WKRN) – The suspect in an investigation into the death of a Florida woman found in a shallow grave in Alabama appeared in a Tennessee courtroom Monday and refused to waive the charge. extradition.
Marcus Spanevelo faces charges in the investigation into his ex-girlfriend, Cassie Carli, whose body was found Sunday in a shallow grave in Alabama.
Spanevelo appeared as a fugitive from justice via video conference before a Maury County judge and refused to waive extradition.
“Not at the moment,” Spanevelo told the judge when asked. “There are some things that need to be ironed out before I’m ready to go down this path.”
Florida investigators say Spanevelo was the last person to see Carli before she disappeared March 27, during a custody swap meeting for their 4-year-old daughter. Carli’s body was found Sunday at a property in Alabama, which investigators believe was linked to Spanevelo.
The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit has traveled more than 1,500 miles over the past week looking for evidence relating to Carli’s disappearance.
This evidence led them to Tennessee and his arrest with the help of TBI and THP in Maury County off of I-65. Spanevelo bowed his head as the charges were read, telling the judge he needed to make sure his daughter was taken care of before he was extradited.
“I’m just trying to get, to make sure my daughter is taken care of with the people that…who I leave her with, that’s all,” Spanevelo’s voice started cracking.
Carli’s friends aren’t sure why Spanevelo would be in Tennessee hundreds of miles away from the investigation, assuming he was just trying to evade law enforcement.
“The only reason he could have been in Tennessee is that he was actively fleeing because he knows he’s guilty,” Carli’s friend Sam Graves said.
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The Santa Rosa County Sheriff said Spanevelo faces charges of tampering with evidence, false information and destruction of evidence. He added that further charges are pending the outcome of Carli’s autopsy.
Spanevelo is expected to be back in the Maury County courtroom next week. News 2 requested an interview, but declined.