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Suspect Arrested for Teen's Murder at 'Holy Land'

Suspect Arrested for Teen's Murder at 'Holy Land'

In this mug photo released by the Waterbury police, Francisco Cruz, 19, of Waterbury, is shown. Cruz has been charged with killing a 16-year old girl whose body was found near the Holy Land USA religious attraction in Waterbury. [AP]

Associated Press

July 20, 2010

WATERBURY, Conn. — A 19-year-old Connecticut man has been charged with murder in the death of a teenager at a one-time religious attraction in Waterbury.

Francisco Cruz faces charges including capital felony that carries the possibility of the death penalty in the killing of 16-year-old Chloe Ottman.

He was presented in Waterbury Superior Court on Monday and charged with murder, sexual assault and strangulation. He’s being held on $5 million bail.

Court records say Cruz told police he had a crush on Ottman and raped, strangled and fatally stabbed her when she rejected his advances. Cruz’s body was found near the Holy Land USA site Saturday, a day after her family reported her missing.

It was not immediately clear if Cruz has a lawyer.

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