Fugitive husband in Ga. slaying caught in Mexico

CANTON, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia man sought in the Jan. 19 beating death of his wife in Canton surrendered to authorities in Mexico where he fled following the slaying, police said.

Canton police spokeswoman Stacy Bailey says 41-year-old Rodney Burton is being charged with murder and two counts of aggravated assault in the death of his wife, 43-year-old Kimberly Burton, an optician.

He has a hearing set Monday in Cherokee Magistrate Court.

Bailey says the fugitive had spent the last two months in Cancun and Cozumel. Burton was taken into custody Saturday by federal marshals working with U.S. customs agents and Mexican authorities.

He's being held in the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center in Canton. It was not immediately known if he had an attorney.

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