WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Michael Soares appeared in Kent County Superior Court Thursday where he pleaded not guilty to charges for the 2013 death of John “Jack” Fay.
Soares, 33, was ordered held without bail. He’s next due in court on April 30 for a status hearing.
Warwick police say a genealogical research company and a public DNA database helped crack the nearly six-year-old unsolved murder case.
Fay, a 66-year-old retired postal worker and Vietnam veteran, went for a run in Warwick City Park on May 16, 2013, and was ambushed in an isolated part of the path around 4:30 a.m., according to police.
Fay’s body was discovered inside a barrel about 36 hours after the murder. The cause of his death was ruled to be stab wounds and blunt force trauma, which Hopkins said came from a 2.5-pound hammer that was found at the scene.
Police arrested Soares in February, after they said advancements in DNA helped them to identify and build a case against the suspect.