The news came late on Thursday — Keith Hawkins, accused of a pair of homicides at 15 Roanoke Court Tuesday, had waived extradition while sitting in a Texas jail.

"He could be in our jail by morning," said David Yoder, county attorney.

He will be transported by the Harvey County Sheriff's Department overnight. His bail has been set at $2.5 million. Next on his docket will be a first appearance with a judge.

He has already been charged with capital murder, which could mean the death penalty. That has not yet been determined. He also faces two charges of first-degree murder.

"He is being charged with the deliberate murder of more than one person," Yoder said. "The death penalty is on the table."

Hawkins was arrested following the deaths of 24-year-old Alyssa Runyon and her 4-year-old daughter, Zaylynn Paz.

The mother and child were found by one of Runyon's ex-boyfriends Tuesday morning. He called 911 at 11:06 a.m. Officers found Runyon strangled to death and Paz stabbed to death in the bedrooms of their rental duplex.

Later in the day, 19-year-old Hawkins, was arrested in Texas after a car chase. He was as booked on charges that included unauthorized use of a vehicle, evading arrest and being a "fugitive from justice, out of state.”

According to Newton Chief of Police Eric Murphy, Hawkins was identified as a suspect early in the investigation. According to Hawkins' Facebook profile, he worked as a stocker at Wal-Mart. Originally from Towanda, he moved to Newton and attended Newton High School.

He stands accused of two murders, fleeing the scene in a vehicle owned by Runyon. He was driving the victim's vehicle when he arrived at a family member's residence in Texas.

Prior to Thursday's action, Hawkins was questioned by both Texas law enforcement and investigators from the Newton Police Department.