Meyersdale man accused in woman's strangling returns to Pennsylvania, denied bail
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The Meyersdale man accused of killing a woman and burying her body in Larimer Township returned to Pennsylvania over the weekend and has been arraigned.
Jonathan W. Beal, 23, waived extradition from Louisiana last week, where he was arrested in a New Orleans suburb.
Bail for Mr. Beal was denied at his arraignment Saturday night, and he remains in the Somerset County Jail awaiting a preliminary hearing scheduled for Nov. 26.
Mr. Beal was found hiding in a bathroom of a home in Marrero, La., Wednesday when authorities with the U.S. Marshals Service and the Jefferson Parish (La.) Sheriff's Office found him about 6:45 a.m. He was taken into custody and detained in Jefferson Parish.
He is accused of strangling 19-year-old Justine M. Jackson and burying her in a shallow grave near the Great Allegheny Passage Bike Trail.
The two had, at some point, had an intimate relationship, according to an Allegheny county police affidavit.
Forensic anthropologists identified the remains as Ms. Jackson's after someone walking in the woods found them near the bike trail Nov. 11.
First Published November 19, 2012 8:46 am