BISMARCK — A Canadian man will be extradited to North Dakota to face murder charges in connection with the death of a Bismarck man.

Earl Howard was arrested around midnight on Thursday, Jan. 9, by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers. The 41-year-old was apprehended at the Port Huron, Mich., border crossing with Ontario, Canada, said Burleigh County Sheriff Kelly Leben. The sheriff's department originally put out an arrest warrant for Howard on Wednesday night.

The Belwood, Ont., resident waived extradition at a hearing Friday, meaning he will be transported from Michigan to North Dakota in the near future.

Howard, who is being held at the St. Clair County Jail in Port Huron, faces five felony charges, including murder and arson, in connection with the death of 42-year-old Chad Entzel. Fire crews found Entzel dead last week with a gunshot wound to the head while responding to a small interior fire at the victim's rural Bismarck home. Leben said Thursday police had not yet determined a possible motive for Howard.

The victim's wife, 38-year-old Nikki Entzel, was arrested Tuesday on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit arson and conspiracy to tamper with physical evidence. She is being held at the Burleigh Morton Detention Center in lieu of a $500,000 cash bail. The extent and nature of the relationship between Nikki Entzel and Howard was still a matter of investigation as of late Thursday.

Police arrested Nikki Entzel, 38, on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, on three felony charges related to her husband's death and a house fire. Photo provided by Burleigh County Sheriff's Department
Police arrested Nikki Entzel, 38, on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, on three felony charges related to her husband's death and a house fire. Photo provided by Burleigh County Sheriff's Department