DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit man was arraigned Wednesday in the slaying of his estranged wife even as the whereabouts of her two young children remained unclear.
Alicia Fox’s 6-year-old daughter, Kaylah Hunter, and her 8-month-old son, Kristian Justice, have been missing since late May. Fox’s decomposed body was found about two weeks later in a vacant house about 6 miles from their home.
The woman’s relatives think her husband and Kristian’s father, Erin Justice, knows where the children are, although he hasn’t been charged in their disappearance. About a dozen of Fox’s family members sat quietly in a courtroom as the 28-year-old Justice appeared on a video monitor to hear the charges against him.
Magistrate Charles W. Anderson III entered a not-guilty plea to first-degree murder and weapons charges on Justice’s behalf. Justice will be held without bond pending a Sept. 4 preliminary examination. Records don’t show that he has an attorney and none represented him in court.
Prosecutors estimate Fox was shot and killed in the family’s home between May 25 and 27. Her children were last seen with her on May 24. Fox’s uncle, Michael Fields, said he found her body June 9 in the basement of a vacant house on Detroit’s west side after getting an anonymous tip over the phone.
Justice was arrested June 11 in the Atlanta area. He refused to waive extradition and fought his return to Michigan.