UPDATE: Kody Walsh has waived his extradition proceedings and is to be extradited back to Winnebago County.
More information will be given as it becomes available.
ROCKFORD (WIFR) – There are new developments in the Kody Walsh murder investigation that has now spanned across multiple states.
Police say the suspect's getaway car found in Tennessee over the weekend was stolen from Rockford.
We're starting to learn more about how police caught Walsh in Tennessee Sunday afternoon. Investigators say he tried to conceal his identity by shaving his head, even giving detectives a fake name when he was taken into custody.
Here's what we know about his arrest. Investigators say Memphis Police originally tried to pull the suspect over when they noticed something illegal with his license plates. That's when they say he hit the gas pedal and led police on a 45 minute high speed chase through three Tennessee counties. He ended up hitting two parked cars before losing a tire and crashing into a light pole. He tried to run but was caught by deputies up the road. Investigators found a stolen gun and 40 rounds of ammunition in the vehicle.
"I think I feel more of a relief to the community to know there is not someone out there on a first degree murder warrant there job is not done, they have someone in custody and will learn more about what happened that night," said Captain James Winters with the Illinois State Police.
Meanwhile, the victim, 36-year-old Lori Daniels was laid to rest this morning in Beloit. Friends and family members are relieved Walsh is in custody. Local investigators are heading to Tennessee to question Walsh.
In the case of extraditing Walsh back to Illinois, he appears in court tomorrow morning in Tennessee. He has an option to come back to the area, and if he decides not to, it could take up to 90 days for another hearing.
The 22 year old was arrested in Memphis, Tennessee, on Sunday afternoon after another high speed chase with police. Investigators say Walsh was taken into custody after the suspect fled from officers during a traffic stop. He ended up crashing into a pole after investigators say he blew a tire. Memphis Police say he then got out of the vehicle and tried to run but was stopped by deputies a few blocks up the road. A stolen gun with rounds of ammunition were found inside the car.
Investigators are trying to get Walsh back to Rockford to face a series of charges. Walsh is accused of shooting Lori Daniels while driving on I-90 last Sunday.
Press Release from the Illinois State Police:
On Sunday, September 16, 2012, at approximately 2:00 P.M., Kody R. Walsh was located near Memphis, Tennessee and was arrested by local Tennessee law enforcement.
Local law enforcement attempted to stop Walsh during a traffic contact but Walsh fled from officers. The pursuit ended when Walsh's vehicle crashed and he was taken into custody. A firearm and rounds of ammunition were located in the vehicle when Walsh was arrested.
Illinois State Police investigators will be working with Tennessee officials and the Winnebago County States Attorney to coordinate the extradition of Walsh to Rockford.
A no-bond, first degree murder warrant was issued for Walsh’s arrest following the September 9, 2012 shooting death of Lori Ann Daniels, 36, of Beloit, Wisconsin.
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.