A man who was arrested in Delaware after a Massachusetts woman’s body was found in the trunk of his car now faces a federal charge.
U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling announced Sunday that federal prosecutors would be taking the lead in the case against Louis D. Coleman III. Lelling said the charge of kidnapping, resulting in death would make the 32-year-old Coleman eligible for the death penalty if convicted.
Jassy Correia, a 23-year-old who lived in Lynn, Massachusetts, was last seen on Feb. 24 leaving a Boston nightclub.
Coleman was later identified as a suspect and his apartment was searched by police in Providence, Rhode Island.
According to Lelling, after Coleman was pulled over Thursday by Delaware state police he said words to the effect of “she’s in the trunk.”
“You can’t take nobody’s life like this,” said Joaquin Correia, Jassy’s father. “I not have no ideas Jassy know this man or not because I’ve never seen this man in my life.”
“Just hold them tight and hug them because something like this can happen to anyone,” Tony DePina said.
Jassy Correia was the mother of a 2-year-old girl. Coleman will appear in federal court in Delaware Monday.