DURHAM, N.C. — The man accused in the 2012 killing of UNC-Chapel Hill student Faith Hedgepeth will remain in jail without bond, a judge ordered Friday.
Miguel Enrique Salguero-Olivares, 28, appeared by video in a Durham County criminal courtroom Friday. Police announced his arrest Thursday and said he was connected to the killing by DNA evidence at the scene.
"It is alleged that the defendant, Miguel Enrique Salguero-Olivares, did unlawfully, willfully and feloniously, with malice aforethought, kill and murder Faith Hedgepeth on the date of September 7, 2012," Durham County District Attorney Satana Deberry said at the beginning of the short court hearing.
An interpreter translated the proceedings for Salguero-Olivares, who did not speak during the hearing.
Hedgepeth, 19, was found beaten to death in her apartment near UNC-Chapel Hill. The case attracted national media coverage, and got attention as a cold case.
Hedgepeth's father, Roger Hedgepeth, attended the hearing. "It's just a new beginning," he said, speaking briefly with reporters after the hearing. He said he'll always remember her smile and "her loving ways."
During a news conference Thursday, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein said investigators linked Salguero-Olivares to Hedgepeth from DNA found in the apartment nine years ago.
Raleigh police arrested Salguero-Olivares last month and charged him with driving while intoxicated and driving without a license or insurance, court records show.
Jails in North Carolina routinely take DNA samples from people arrested and feed those into a database to see if they match any pending cases.
On Friday, the judge appointed a public defender for Salguero-Olivares and set his next court date for a probable cause hearing on Oct. 7.