The ‘most wanted man in Acadiana,' Wade Lohse, is back in town after walking out of the Lafayette Parish Courthouse while standing trial in March. After 22 days, Lohse was found in Philadelphia after police found his car abandoned in Virginia and a YouTube video online pleading his innocence.
"He did arrive here about an hour earlier than what we expected, but no unusual situations everything went according to plan," says Lafayette Sheriff's Office spokesman Kip Judice.
Lohse was escorted into the Lafayette Parish Jail around 2 a.m. on Sunday to appear in court this week and face multiple felony charges, including vehicular homicide in connection to the death of 29-year-old Cacie Barras McGrew in June 2012.
"He has new charges he has to face. So, there will be some arraignments and some bond hearings, but I think the district attorney's office and the court system will be able to better explain those procedural events that are going to occur in the next few days," says Judice.
Back and locked up Lohse's return to Lafayette has brought relief to those who are pleading for justice for McGrew, including her childhood friend Kelly Breaux.
"I'm just ready to see him go to trial you know we're definitely going to be in true force on that date, but until then we're just trying to get back to our lives," says Breaux.
Breaux says it was not so easy with Lohse's extradition taking almost a month. "I personally spoke to one of the marshals that was working on the case and at first I was confused as to why it took so long, but when he explained it to me it is a lengthy process we just have to be patient," says Breaux.
Breaux adds that her patience has paid off and the timing couldn't be better for McGrew's mother and other members of her family.
"This probably could be the best mother's day gift she (McGrew's mother) could of asked for and is one step closer to justice," says Breaux.