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Man charged after woman’s body found in Detroit trash bin

May 20, 2019

DETROIT (AP) — A 50-year-old man has been charged after a woman’s body was discovered inside a large trash bin outside her eastside Detroit apartment building.

James Cockerham was arraigned Monday on first-degree murder, torture and unlawful imprisonment charges. Court records show a not-guilty plea was entered by the court. No defense attorney was listed.

Police found the body of 27-year-old Elizabeth Laird Wednesday, a day after she was reported missing. Cockerham was identified Thursday as a suspect and was arrested Saturday.

He was ordered jailed Monday without bond. He faces a May 31 probable cause conference and June 7 preliminary examination.

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