A former nurse's aide suspected of suffocating as many as eight elderly nursing home residents in Michigan waived extradition proceedings from Texas Tuesday.

Gyendolyn Gail Graham, 25, has been charged with one count of murder in the death of Edith Cook, 97, a resident of the Alpine Nursing Home in Walker, Mich., when Graham worked there in early 1987.Graham refused to waive extradition when she was arrested at her Tyler apartment Dec. 4. But she told jailers at midafternoon Tuesday that she was willing to return to Michigan.

A spokesman for the Walker Police Department said late Tuesday that Graham is expected back in Michigan later this week.

Graham has been implicated in six nursing home deaths by a former roommate and colleague at Alpine, Catherine Mae Wood, 26, who was arrested in Michigan Dec. 5 and charged in connection with two deaths.

Authorities have said both women are suspected in as many as eight deaths at Alpine between January and May 1987.