Fatal Crash Suspect Held Without Bail
A Massachusetts man authorities say caused a fatal crash and then disappeared until he was tracked to Rhode Island several days later was arraigned Tuesday in New Bedford District Court.
James Bennett-Werra, also known as Janaya Bennett-Werra, was ordered held without bail, and a pre-trial hearing was set for May 22.
The court also recommended that Bennett-Werra be held at the South Bay Correctional facility in Boston, where a transgender unit is located.
Police say Bennett-Werra was the driver of a car that ran a stop sign in New Bedford last Wednesday, striking a second vehicle and killing the operator, 68-year old Janet Murphy.
Bennett-Werra fled the scene but was apprehended last Saturday in Pawtucket.
He waived rendition Monday in Rhode Island and appeared in District Court Tuesday morning.
Bennett-Werra faces charges of vehicular homicide and manslaughter.