Couple charged in Charlotte double murder, kidnapping waive extradition

- The girlfriend of a man accused of killing his parents and kidnapping his 11-year-old niece and taking her from Charlotte to Washington, D.C., is also facing charges connected to the crimes.

The couple waived extradition and are expected to return to Charlotte Wednesday evening from Washington, D.C., police said. 

On April 2, Curtis and Ruby Atkinson were found shot to death in their home on Glencannon Drive in Charlotte. The couple had custody of their granddaughter, Arieyanna, who was kidnapped and taken to Washington, D.C. by their son, Curtis Atkinson, Jr., according to police. He has been charged in their murders.

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, Nikkia Cooper, 25, Atkinson, Jr.'s girlfriend, has also been charged in the double murder and kidnapping. She also faces drug possession and traffic charges in D.C.

Police said Cooper called 911 from inside the car, which led to Arieyana being found. 

Neighbors told FOX 46 Charlotte that they're still in shock after their quiet neighborhood was turned upside down.

“It’s sad. I mean they were nice people. I didn’t know them for a long time but they were very friendly and we got along great and never had a problem,” John Johnson said.

Johnson used to live next door to Ruby and Curtis Atkinson. Both were found dead inside their home after firefighters responded to a fire alarm at their house.

“That really did scare me. I was telling my dad maybe we should put little cameras in the house. Also, not just to protect us but to protect our neighbors.”

Related: Missing girl found alive, grandparents murdered in east Charlotte home

Officers have been in contact with Arieyana's mother but said it will be up to Child Protective Services whether she will be placed in the custody of her mother.

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