Man who confessed to killing Bethel Park woman in Las Vegas denied bond

Man who confessed to killing Bethel Park woman in Las Vegas denied bond

PITTSBURGH — John Chapman, the man behind bars on multiple charges related to the kidnapping of a Bethel Park woman, was denied bond during a hearing Tuesday morning.

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Chapman didn't show any emotion during his bond hearing. He had the same demeanor when Channel 11 tried talking to him after his arraignment

The district attorney told Manning that Chapman's bail was previously denied by the magistrate in Bethel Park because of an anticipated homicide investigation in Nevada.

His public defender argued that Chapman shouldn't be in jail awaiting his preliminary hearing.

The hearing was supposed to be this week, but has been rescheduled for December.

In Pennsylvania, a preliminary hearing in scheduled within 14 days of a person being incarcerated.

After the bond hearing, Channel 11's Gabriella DeLuca talked with local defense attorney and legal analyst Phil DiLucente about why he thinks Manning made the right decision to deny bond.

"Bail being denied is very reasonable, because we not only have kidnapping and obstruction of justice charges... He is a flight risk even if he did have ties to the community, so it was very reasonable under these circumstances," DiLucente said.

So far, Chapman has not been charged with homicide, only kidnapping.

Chapman, 39, has been in jail since Friday, charged with kidnapping Jaime Feden, 33, who hasn't been seen since Sept. 15.  He allegedly confessed to murdering her in Las Vegas.

<p><span style="font-size:11.0pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Jaime <span class="wsc-spelling-problem" data-spelling-word="Feden" data-wsc-lang="en_US">Feden</span>&nbsp;was last seen Sept. 15, 2019. Bethel Park police have&nbsp;asked for the public&#39;s assistance finding her. (11/15/19)</span></span></span></p>

Jaime Feden was last seen Sept. 15, 2019. Bethel Park police have asked for the public's assistance finding her. (11/15/19)

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Police said Chapman confessed to driving Feden to Las Vegas sometime around Sept. 25, suffocating her and leaving her to die.

Police in Las Vegas found a body, but it was not identified until Nov. 21, two days after Chapman's court appearance on the kidnapping charge.

Chapman has not been charged with Feden's murder.

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