DETROIT (WXYZ) - A man accused of murdering his wife has finally faced the charged in a Michigan courtroom.
Erin Justice is accused of killing Alicia Fox in June. Fox's two children have been missing since then. Justice is the father of eight-month-old Kristian Justice. Alicia’s older daughter, 6-year-old Kaylah Hunter, is from a previous relationship.
Justice was extradited back to Detroit from Atlanta on Tuesday. Justice fought the extradition. He is charged with First Degree Murder, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Felony Firearm.
During a short hearing Wednesday he was arraigned on the charges and remanded to the Wayne County Jail. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for September 4.
The 7 Action News Investigators have learned that this is not the first time Justice has been in trouble with the law.
According to court records, back in March of 2008, Erin Justice faced three felony drug and gun charges in Wayne County. He later pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon.
A few months later, Wayne County prosecuted Justice again on three different gun charges, but the case was eventually dismissed when a witness didn’t show up in court.
In November of 2011, Livonia police arrested Justice in the parking lot of a hardware store. The officer found Justice and another man smoking pot inside a car during a break from their jobs at a nearby automotive supplier.
Justice was charged with possession of marijuana, and he told Livonia police that he “grows his own” marijuana. Justice later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor.
7 Action News also found out that Michigan State Police arrested Justice in Highland Park back in April. When they pulled him over, they found out Justice was using a stolen license plate tab. It’s not clear when a charging decision on that case will be made.
Now he is charged with killing his twenty-seven-year-old wife, who was found shot to death in an abandoned home on the city’s west side on June 9.
Alicia’s relatives suspected Justice from the start.
“Her husband keeps calling with so many different fallacies, with so many different stories about himself,” said Travae Fox, Alicia Fox’s mother on Monday.
“This guy -- you can hear it in his voice that he’s done something that’s not right,” said Henry Fields, Alicia Fox’s uncle.