A man charged with murdering his missing 2-year-old stepson has waived extradition from North Carolina to California.

Tieray Jones told a Wake County judge Tuesday that he understands he faces a homicide charge. Jones said he was anxious to get the process moving. He appeared in court wearing an orange-and-white striped jail jumpsuit, with his wrists and ankles shackled.

Jones was arrested in Rocky Mount. Police questioned him after the 2002 disappearance of Jahi Turner, his wife's son. Authorities said new evidence led to the arrest but declined to give specifics.

Jones said the boy disappeared from a playground when Jones went to buy a soda.

The boy's mother was serving aboard a Navy ship at the time. The toddler had been living with his grandmother in Frederick, Maryland.