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Man arrested in connection with death of Massachusetts runner held on $10M bail

Vanessa Marcotte (Police photo)

A man arrested in connection with the death of a Google employee near her mother's Massachusetts home last summer has been held on $10 million cash bail.

Angelo Colon-Ortiz was charged with assault and attempted rape, and prosecutors said they sought the high bail because they expect to charge him with murder in the Aug. 7 slaying of 27-year-old New York City resident Vanessa Marcotte.

An attorney for 31-year-old Colon-Ortiz entered not guilty pleas to charges of aggravated assault and battery and assault with attempt to rape at his arraignment Tuesday in Leominster District Court.

Marcotte's body was found in the woods after she didn't return from a run in Princeton, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of Boston.

Colon-Ortiz's attorney did not argue for lower bail, but reserved the right to seek lower bail.

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