Angelo Colon-Ortiz, 31, did not not appear in front of the court.

Charged with a single count of first-degree murder in the death of Vanessa Marcotte, Judge Daniel Wrenn ordered Colon-Ortiz held without bail and scheduled him to return to court August 24 for a pretrial conference.

The 31-year-old Colon-Ortiz, of Worcester, was arrested in April after prosecutors say his DNA matched samples from Marcotte’s body. The New York woman’s burned, naked body was recovered hours later in a wooded area not far from her mother’s Princeton home.

Marcotte, a 27-year-old Google executive living in NY, was found slain in the woods of Princeton last August.

He did not appear in court on Wednesday because of concerns over an “identification issue”, his attorney said.

A grand jury indicted Angelo Colon-Ortiz last month after police say he killed the Google employee while she was out for a run in Princeton.

After entering the plea, he was ordered to be held without bail.

The prosecutor and the defense agreed Colon-Ortiz be held without bail. He had already been charged with aggravated assault and battery and assault with attempt to rape in Leominster District Court, but those charges will be dismissed because of the more serious murder charge, according to CBS Boston.

Marcotte went missing while she visited her mother in Princeton, Mass., about 40 miles east of Boston.

Colon-Ortiz was arrested about eight months after Marcotte’s killing.

His next court appearance is scheduled for August 24.

“It’s very hard, very difficult”, said Ryan.

Marcotte moved to NY to take a job with Google. “He doesn’t speak any English, he’s never been involved in any court process at all, and he’s quite nervous and frightened”.