An ex-convict with a historical past of violent intercourse crimes has appeared in a Russian court docket on prices he murdered former US Marine Catherine Serou, who had texted her mother, “I hope I’m not being kidnapped.”
Alexander Popov, 43, was filmed sporting a camouflage T-shirt and nervously fiddling together with his fingers within the courtroom dock late Saturday after the lacking American legislation pupil’s physique was discovered earlier that day in a wooded space.
He was arraigned on a homicide cost after allegedly confessing to raping after which stabbing Serou, a 34-year-old veteran, and leaving her for lifeless, in response to the East2West information company.
Popov has a prolonged rap sheet that features convictions for rape and sexual assault, in addition to hooliganism and theft, the company mentioned.
Serou — who moved from California to Russia in 2019 to review legislation at Lobachevsky College — had gone lacking Tuesday night.
In a rush, she seems to have accepted a trip from a passing driver fairly than ready for an Uber, her mother, Beccy Serou, of Vicksburg, Mississippi, advised NPR.
“In a automobile with a stranger. I hope I’m not being kidnapped,” she texted her mother.
Popov allegedly advised interrogators that he drove her to a forest exterior Nizhny Novgorod the place he raped her earlier than pummeling her together with his fists, East2West reported.
He then stabbed her thrice “earlier than leaving her to die within the forest” exterior the Bor suburb the place she lived, the company mentioned, citing police.
Popov was ordered held for 2 months. He faces as much as life in jail, if convicted, in response to The Related Press.
Serou moved from California to Russia in 2019 to review legislation at Lobachevsky College in Nizhny Novgorod, information reviews mentioned.
With Put up wires