Accused St. Catharines murderer held in custody
The teen accused of murdering Maddie Hood will stay behind bars for at least another week.
Cassell Farnsworth nodded as the charges against him were read out in a St. Catharines courtroom Monday morning. The 19-year-old is charged with 1st degree murder & arson with disregard for human life.
Farnsworth looked tired & a little nauseous during his brief appearance. Dressed in a green & white striped polo shirt & jeans, he closed his eyes several times & tilted his head towards the floor.
Farnsworth will make another court appearance next Monday, this time by video, as steps are taken to nail down a bail date in Superior Court.
Farnsworth can't have contact with some 10 people while in custody. Their names & other information about the case are protected by a publication ban.
Maddie Hood was found dead at home in St. Catharines Saturday night, after her basement apartment on East Hampton Rd was torched. Police say she's the victim of homicide.
Police say Maddie & Farnsworth knew each other, but investigators aren't revealing how close they were. Some of Farnsworth's friends tell 610 CKTB News they weren't aware the 2 knew each other. Both Maddie & Farnsworth were students at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School.
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