The man charged with first-degree murder in the 2013 homicide of Matthew Thomas Sudds made a brief court appearance Tuesday after having been returned to Halifax.

Homicide investigators charged 32-year-old Ricardo Jerrel Whynder on Friday and issued a Canada-wide warrant for his arrest. Police travelled to Surrey, B.C. and arrested Whynder without incident before 4 p.m. Friday.

Police brought Whynder back to Halifax Monday.  He made a brief court appearance in Halifax provincial court Tuesday morning and is due back in court on March 24.

“Sometimes these things take a long time. Evidence comes up over the years and that’s exactly what happened here," said Crown attorney Rick Woodburn outside court.

Woodburn says the Crown will be opposing bail, should he apply.

Whynder is charged in the death of 24-year-old Sudds, whose body was found on Africville Road on Oct. 14, 2013. A woman had been walking along the road when she spotted his body and contacted police.

His death was ruled a homicide. Police say the investigation is ongoing and they are asking anyone with information to come forward.