LUMBERTON, N.C. (WITN) - Authorities say DNA linked a suspect arrested over the weekend for last month's kidnapping and murder of a Lumberton girl.
Michael McLellan wore a bullet-proof vest during a first court appearance today in Robeson County.
He is charged with kidnapping 13-year-old Hania Aguilar outside her home on November 5th.
The relative's SUV that was stolen was found a few days after the kidnapping, while the girl's body was found three weeks later.
"When the car was found and the car was processed, Mr. McLellan became a suspect," District Attorney Johnson Britt said today.
McLellan was initially arrested November 13th for unrelated charges of kidnapping and attempted robbery.
The man was also charged with a 2016 rape of another teenager, according to authorities.
A judge today put him under no bond and he will be kept at a facility in Raleigh until trial.
The FBI and Lumberton Police have arrested 34-year-old Michael McLellan in connection with the kidnapping and murder of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar.
McLellan is charged with a number of felonies including first-degree murder, first-degree forcible rape and first-degree kidnapping.
McLellan is currently being held in the Robeson County Detention Center with no bond. He will have his first appearance at the Robeson County Courthouse on Monday at 9 a.m.
The investigation is still ongoing and final autopsy and toxicology reports are not complete at this time.