Suspect in Google Employee’s Slaying Faces Murder Charge

July 26, 2017 Updated: July 26, 2017

A man charged in the death of a Google employee who went missing near her mother’s home in Massachusetts has pleaded not guilty.

Angelo Colon-Ortiz was arrested earlier this year for the murder of 27-year-old Vanessa Marcotte, who worked at Google’s office in New York City.

In a Wednesday court appearance, Colon-Ortiz was allowed to remain out of sight when he entered his plea, CBS Boston reported. He stood behind a door and listened to a Spanish translator through a set of headphones.

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

Marcotte went missing while she visited her mother in Princeton, Mass., about 40 miles east of Boston. She had gone out for a jog but never returned, prompting a manhunt. Her body was found hours later.

Marcotte moved to New York to take a job with Google.    (Instagram)
Marcotte moved to New York to take a job with Google. (Instagram)

Colon-Ortiz, who worked for a third-party logistics company contracted with FedEx, was arrested in April after officials said his DNA matched samples obtained from her body, according to WCVB. He was held on $10 million bail. 

His lawyers say he has no criminal history.

“It’s very difficult, very difficult. He doesn’t speak any English,” lawyer Edward Ryan said, according to WCVB. “He’s never been involved in any court process before — at all. He’s quite nervous and frightened.”

Colon-Ortiz, who is from Worcester, Mass., is due back in court on August 24.