- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Philadelphia judge wants to know why a murder suspect appeared in court in a T-shirt that read, “Crime Pays.”

Jeremiah Jakson is charged with strangling an art school graduate staying in the same boarding house.

Prosecutors believe Jakson killed 23-year-old Laura Araujo (ah-RAW’-ho) in July in order to steal her laptop and bank card. They say he then stuffed her body in a duffel bag and torched her vehicle.

Jakson told Municipal Court Judge Teresa Carr Deni at Wednesday’s preliminary hearing that he was given the shirt in jail and had nothing else to wear.

The judge has asked his lawyer to investigate.



Meanwhile, she upheld murder, arson and other charges against the 22-year-old Jakson.

Relatives say Araujo had a fashion degree and volunteered teaching English.

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