Man accused of killing Marine's wife to be extradited from Alaska

This undated file photo provided by the San Bernardino County, Calif., Sheriff's Department shows Erin Corwin, left, with her husband, Jonathan Wayne Corwin, a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps. Erin Corwin disappeared after leaving her home on the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps base June 28, 2014.


By JAMES BARRAGAN | Los Angeles Times (MCT) | Published: August 21, 2014

The man accused of killing a Marine's wife and dumping her body in a 140-foot mine shaft waived his extradition proceedings in Alaska and will return to California to face charges, prosecutors said Thursday.

Christopher Brandon Lee, 24, was arrested about 10 p.m. Sunday in Anchorage on suspicion of killing 19-year-old Erin Corwin after search crews found her body the day before in the mine shaft.

San Bernardino County prosecutors have since filed charges against Lee of murder and murder by lying in wait. The latter could carry the death penalty if Lee is convicted.

Corwin’s body was found Saturday after a seven-week search in isolated, rugged terrain on government-owned land. Investigators believe Corwin and Lee, who were next-door neighbors at a military base in Twentynine Palms, were having an affair. Lee may have been worried that Corwin was pregnant and would tell his wife, according to investigators.

Lee was arrested on suspicion of murder Sunday night in Alaska, where he had moved with his daughter and wife after being discharged from the Marines in July.

According to an arrest warrant posted on the district attorney's website, .22-caliber cartridge casings found near Corwin's body match cartridge casings found in Lee's Jeep and his apartment on base.

©2014 Los Angeles Times. Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

This undated photo released by the San Bernardino County, Calif., Sheriff's Department shows Christopher Brandon Lee after an arrest in another investigation. Lee, 24, was arrested in Anchorage, Alaska, after the body of Erin Corwin, the missing wife of another Marine, was found in a mine shaft on Aug. 16.


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