Suspect in fatal stabbing of 17-year-old makes appearance in North Salem court

Ariel Menendez, the suspect charged in his ex-girlfriend?s murder, appeared before a judge in North Salem Tuesday. It was an emotional time for the victim's family and friends who were in court when the man accused of killing 17-year-old Elizabeth Butler of Croton Falls made his first appearance in Westchester. Police say 27-year-old Menendez took off to Connecticut in the hours after the high school senior's stabbing death Sunday. Butler?s parents found her body in the family?s SUV in the parking lot of the deli where she worked. Menendez, who has a previous criminal record, was arraigned on second-degree murder charges. He is being held at the Westchester County Jail without bail and will return to North Salem on Thursday for a felony hearing. If convicted, Menendez faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

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