The man accused of killing Baltimore tech CEO Pava LaPere was held on bail by a judge who said he was a 'serious danger' to the public

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  • The suspect in the killing of Baltimore tech CEO Pava LaPere was ordered held without bail on Friday.

  • A Maryland judge blasted Jason Billingsley as a "serious danger" to the public during a court hearing.

  • A prosecutor revealed that Billingsley admitted to beating LaPere with a brick and his hands.

A Maryland judge on Friday called the man accused of killing Baltimore tech CEO Pava LaPere a "serious danger" to the public as she ordered him held in jail without bail.

Jason Billingsley, 32, a convicted sex offender with a violent criminal history, was arrested by law enforcement late Wednesday in the Maryland city of Bowie following a days-long manhunt for him.

Billingsley was charged with first-degree murder and other offenses in connection to the killing of 26-year-old LaPere, who was found dead on Monday on the roof of the luxury Baltimore apartment building where she lived and worked.

He was also hit with attempted murder, rape, and arson charges in connection to a separate September 19 case.

Billingsley made an appearance via Zoom from jail for his bail review hearing at the District Court for Baltimore City for multiple cases on Friday.

Judge Tameika Lunn-Exinor denied bail for Billingsley, who appeared seemingly subdued, and called him a "flight risk."

Prosecutor Robin Wherley called Billingsley a "massive threat" to the public during the court hearing and said that he admitted to beating LaPere with a brick and his bare hands.

According to a statement of charges obtained by Insider, investigators say Billingsley waved LaPere down last Friday night to gain access to her locked apartment building before her death.

A medical examiner ruled that LaPere, the founder and CEO of the startup EcoMap Technologies, died of strangulation and blunt force trauma, according to the court documents.

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