The man that was suspected of raping and killing a Google executive while she was out jogging close to her mother’s Massachusetts home last year has now been brought up on charges of murder.
Angelo Colon-Ortiz, 31, was charged for murder on Friday by a grand jury over the killing of 27-year-old Vanessa Marcotte. Marcotte’s body was found near her mother’s home in Princeton back in August 2016.
Colon-Ortiz was arrested in April after his DNA turned up a DNA profile police had reinforced by using samples found on Marcotte’s hands during her autopsy.
At first, Colon-Ortiz was only charged with aggravated assault and battery, and assault with attempt to rape, but evidence now yields harsher charges. Colon-Ortiz was arraigned in Leominster District Court and is being held on $10 million bail.
Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr shared that the supposed killer’s district court charge will now be dismissed and he will be arraigned in Worcester Superior Court on the charge of murder.
Marcotte had worked as an executive for Google in New York. She was in Princeton visiting her family when she was killed.
Colon-Ortiz is a US citizen who had only recently moved from his native Puerto Rico when he allegedly murdered Marcotte.
He was described in his first court appearance as a married FedEx employee. The District Attorney said earlier this year that Marcotte’s bravery in trying to fight off her killer helped them track down the suspect.
‘It was through her determined fight and efforts that we obtained the DNA of her killer,’ Early said.
In a statement after the arrest of the suspect, Marcotte’s family said: ‘After eight long months, we’re able to take the first step toward justice for Vanessa. She was a beautiful, intelligent, and generous young woman whose passion for giving back to the community will always be remembered. As we move forward, her spirit will live on through The Vanessa T Marcotte Foundation that strives to empower women to live boldly and fearlessly.’
What a horrible event in a family’s life, to have to endure. Your adult child goes out for a run and doesn’t come home. I can’t imaging a more excruciating pain than to have a child go missing, thinking the worse has happened. In this case, it was true.
Ortiz will have the opportunity to face justice, and if all evidence points out that it was he who committed this heinous murder, nothing but a death penalty would be just enough. At the very least, this grieving family has a suspect in custody, and someone who will be found accountable for his actions. As little closure as that may be, it’s something.
Vanessa’s death will be a black mark in this family’s history, but the justice that will come will be, in the very least, closure in the future.
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