WORCESTER (CBS) — A convicted sex offender appeared in court Thursday on a murder charge related to a body found in a burning car at Hope Cemetery in Worcester last December. Steven Foley, 57, of Northboro, had previously pleaded not guilty to charges of burning a motor vehicle and malicious damage to a motor vehicle.

Steven Foley appears in court on Thursday (WBZ-TV)

The body of 59-year-old Cynthia Webb of Sterling was found in the burned-out car December 12. Foley initially was not criminally charged in connection with her death.

According to the medical examiner’s office, the manner of Webb’s death was “homicide by assault.”

Following Thursday’s arraignment, Foley was held without bail and ordered appear in court again on October 17.

A burned car found in a Worcester cemetery with a body inside, Dec. 12, 2017. (WBZ-TV)

At a previous court appearance, prosecutors said Webb worked as a dancer at a club and had been seen with Foley before she died. Surveillance video also allegedly shows Foley meet up with Webb in Worcester, then get in her car and drive it. The same car is later seen entering the cemetery and Foley is eventually seen walking out of the graveyard.

Foley is a Level 3 sex offender who was convicted of rape three times in the 1980’s.


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