Appearing calm and collected, the man accused of killing a 13-year-old girl in Rosemont last year stood before a Sacramento County judge Friday and was charged with murder.
Ryan Douglas Roberts, 23, stands accused in the death of Jessica Funk-Haslam, who was found stabbed, beaten and asphyxiated in Rosemont Community Park in March 2012.
Sacramento County sheriff's detectives allege that Roberts' DNA, taken at the time of a felony domestic violence arrest earlier this year, matched DNA taken from the scene of the eighth-grader's killing.
They arrested him Wednesday night.
According to the charges read in court Friday, authorities believe Roberts used a knife in the attack.
Roberts did not enter a plea during the brief hearing.
The court will assign him a private attorney after the public defender's office declared a conflict of interest in the case.
As he entered the courtroom, Roberts nodded at a handful of people in the audience. They left the courtroom without comment.
Funk-Haslam's mother, Tara Funk-Haslam, told reporters she was pleased an arrest had been made in the case.
"I knew we would always find somebody," she said. "I never doubted it."
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