Suspect in Court

Updated: Monday, August 18 2014, 07:04 PM EDT
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Friends of murder victim Chris Ortega are still looking for answers following Friday's arrest of a Swanannoa man.  They're glad a suspect is behind bars, but still want to know more about why the suspect allegedly wanted him dead.  Police aren't talking about any connection between Ortega and his alleged killer or a possible motive.

The suspect, Juan Jimenez, 38 made his first court appearance in Buncombe County Monday morning.

As we reported on Friday, police charged Jimenez with first degree murder in the death of Christopher Ortega.

Jimenez has been in jail since January on a completely separate charge of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Ortega was brutally beaten and choked to death in October 2013.

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