WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Two people from Rhode Island have been ordered held without bail after pleading not guilty to killing a 19-year-old autistic Worcester man.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic reports

Nineteen-year-old James Howze and 22-year-old Lara Cori of Providence, R.I. were arraigned Thursday in Westborough District Court.

The body of Joseph Webster was found Wednesday in a storage container near the couple’s apartment.

Howze and Cori have been held since they pleaded not guilty Monday to charges including assault and car theft in the case.

Webster was last seen in mid-March at a Northborough motel, where prosecutors say he was attacked and his car stolen.

Howze’s attorney called the evidence “hearsay.” Cori’s attorney said his client did not kill Webster.

Webster’s family says he was mildly autistic and diabetic.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Comments (3)
  1. Scooby says:

    Rest In Peace Joseph! My condolences to Mr. Websters family for their loss.

  2. Angry says:

    I read the article and was unfamiliar with the case. I said to myself I bet the perps are black. Sure enough I was right. When I lived in Providence I remember when two college kids were abducted out in front of the old mall and shot execution style. Similar race invovled. Is this going to be deamed a hate crime. Probably not Hange em both in front of the city hall to send a message

    1. Scooby says:

      Angry, As your name implies it sounds like you are angry. However that is no reason to say that race is involved. I wish people would stop making things out to be about race when it is not (unless it truly looks like it is race related.) Lets keep the story on where it belongs; the facts. In this case the facts are limited. What we know is this young man is now dead & he gave rides to these people. It sure looks like these two did the crime but we do not know that yet. I am angry that this young man is dead; it especially saddens me as I too have a son with high functioning Aspergers. It makes me wonder if this young man was killed due to his being gullible enough to trust someone.

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