DARE COUNTY, N.C. -- Nathan Summerfield, accused of killing his ex-girlfriend Lynn Jackenheimer, of Ashland, Ohio, in Dare County in July and then spent the next month hiding from police, appeared in court Tuesday morning.
NBC affiliate WAVY-TV's reporter Andy Fox was inside the courtroom as Summerfield, now clean-shaven, faced U.S. District Court Judge Edgar L. Barnes.
Barnes sent the case to the grand jury for a true bill of indictment for first degree murder. No bond was set for Summerfield.
The grand jury will meet on Sept. 10.
In addition, a probable cause hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 28, which will be unnecessary if there is a grand jury indictment, which is expected.
Summerfield is accused of killing Jackenheimer by strangling and stabbing her while on vacation in the Outer Banks.
Jackenheimer's body was discovered on July 14 in Frisco, 10 days after she was last seen.
For more than a month, law enforcement officials searched for Summerfield in a nationwide manhunt. He was finally found at a motel in Medina, Ohio on Aug. 15 and extradited to Dare County on Aug.18.
During the hearing Tuesday, Summerfield was issued a court-appointed attorney, Andy Womble, because Summerfield noted he had been unemployed for the last month.