Published: Jan 17, 2014 11:49 AM EST
Updated: Jan 17, 2014 5:11 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- WINK News confirms the lead suspect in a Cape Coral teacher's murder is back in Lee County.

The accused killer is back in Southwest Florida, to finally face charges in the 2011 murder of ex-wife Amy Patterson.

"We are just pleased that the process has been started to I guess finally bring him to justice," said Amy's brother, Daryoush Salehi.

It's been a long road to justice for Amy Patterson's family.

"Doing as well as expected. we are trying to continue on with our lives, not let this hold us hostage, for the whole time," said Salehi.

Serving a life sentence in Alabama on theft charges, it's taken almost a year for authorities to bring proctor back to Florida.

"As anyone in this position would be, they want things to happen at lightning speed. I have all the confidence in them the speed it is taking is required," said Salehi.

Patterson disappeared in July 2011. Proctor originally told friends the middle school teacher died in a car accident. He fled the state, then stole a gun and truck from a friend while in Alabama. It wasn't until after his trial, that he decided to lead Lee County deputies to her body.

"We love her and we miss her. we hope she's okay and she's just continue to watch over us through this process. We hope everything goes as plan as far as bringing him to justice."