BOSTON (CBS) – Louis Coleman, charged in the kidnapping death of Jassy Correia faced a federal judge on Monday. He will be transferred to Boston in the near future to face trial.

During his federal court appearance, Coleman waived his right to have detention and preliminary hearings in Delaware. The exact date he will return to Boston has not yet been determined.

Coleman, 32, was arrested Thursday. He was seen leaving a Boston nightclub early February 24 with the young mother. Surveillance cameras at Coleman’s Providence apartment allegedly showed him carrying Correia’s body into the building later that morning, though she is never seen leaving.

Louis Coleman and Jassy Correia.

Police searched Coleman’s apartment before he was finally arrested in Delaware during a traffic stop.

U.S. attorney William Lelling said during a Sunday press conference that when police asked Coleman if anyone was in the car with him, he responded by saying “She’s in the trunk.” Correia’s body was found wrapped in a sofa cushion cover. Police discovered several suspicious items in the car as well.

Police arrest kidnapping suspect Louis Coleman in Delaware, Feb. 28, 2019 (WBZ-TV)

Investigators say Correia died from blunt force trauma and strangulation. Her body was severely bruised, but there were no initial signs of sexual assault.

If convicted, Coleman could face the death penalty because he is facing a federal charge of kidnapping resulting in death. Coleman’s Monday appearance took place in a Wilmington, Delaware courthouse.


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