Louis Coleman III, the Rhode Island man charged in connection to the kidnapping and death of Jassy Correia, agreed to remain in custody during his first appearance in a Boston federal courtroom Monday afternoon.
Coleman, 32, also waived his rights to a preliminary hearing, a spokesperson for Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling’s office confirmed to Boston.com.
The brief hearing at Moakley courthouse was the first time Coleman went before a judge in New England since his Feb. 28 arrest in Delaware on a fugitive charge there.
He faces one count of kidnapping resulting in death — a charge that carries a mandatory life sentence in prison and is eligible for the death penalty.
Authorities allege Coleman met Correia, a 23-year-old Lynn mother, at a Boston nightclub the night she went missing early on Feb. 24.
Police have said video surveillance shows Coleman carrying her limp body into his Providence apartment from his car in the hours that followed.
Days later, on Feb. 28, Coleman was pulled over by police on Interstate 95 in Delaware where officers found Correia’s body in his trunk, according to authorities.
A funeral for Correia, who was celebrating her birthday with friends on the night she was last seen alive, was held Saturday in Dorchester.