Marcotte Suspect Held on $10 Million Bail

Prosecutors say Colon-Ortiz posed as stranded motorist

David Tanklefsky
April 18, 2017 - 11:59 am

The suspect in the slaying of Princeton jogger Vanessa Marcotte has been ordered held on $10 million bail following arraignment proceedings in Leominster Tuesday morning.

At the hearing, prosecutors revealed new details related to suspect Angelo Colon-Ortiz's wherabouts on the day of Marcotte's murder.

Colon-Ortiz has been charged with aggravated assault and battery and assault with intent to rape. Murder charges are expected to be added shortly, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors claim Colon-Ortiz was seen by a witness standing by a black SUV with the hood up on the afternoon of Aug. 7, 2016 near the murder scene. The witness says Colon-Ortiz appeared to be on the phone. That was about a half-hour before Marcotte went out for a run. Her body was found later that night in the woods near her mother's home.

Colon-Ortiz was a delivery driver for FedEx, prosecutors say. He became a suspect when a state trooper saw him driving an SUV that matched the suspect's vehicle in the Marcotte case. Prosecutors say Colon-Ortiz agreed to a DNA sample after state police met with he and his wife at their Worcester apartment. He was arrested last week when his DNA matched DNA recovered from Marcotte's fingernails.

Defense attorney Edward Ryan raised concerns about legal issues including the press conference held by Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early following Colon-Ortiz's arrest in which he declared, "We got him." Ryan said he also has questions about the circumstances leading to Colon-Ortiz agreeing to give a DNA sample.

Colon-Ortiz is a came to the U.S. from his home in Puerto Rice about a year ago, Ryan said. He's scheduled to be back in court late next month. He has entered a plea of not guilty.

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