CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The mother of a missing Charleston man said she's holding out hope that her son will still be found alive -- even though police have charged someone with his murder.
Kelsey Marie Legg, 20, of Marmet, on Thursday waived her right to a preliminary hearing on a first-degree murder charge in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
Legg is accused of luring Kareem Howell Hunter, 28, to her apartment on Sept. 23 in an attempt to kidnap Hunter. Legg's brother told Kanawha sheriff's deputies that he heard a disturbance at his sister's apartment, and then saw two men carrying a body to load into the trunk of a car.
Hunter's body has not been found, but deputies are investigating his disappearance as a homicide because of large amounts of blood reportedly found inside Legg's apartment. She was arrested Saturday.
Hunter's mother, Linda, attended Thursday's hearing with more than 20 of her son's family members and friends.
She said she was disappointed that Legg waived the hearing, meaning Legg did not have to attend court Thursday. The case now moves to Kanawha Circuit Court.
"I just want to ask Kelsey, 'Why?'" Linda Hunter said outside the courthouse. "She holds all the answers."
Linda Hunter said her son and Legg were good friends. Her family first met Legg about five years ago and didn't notice any signs of malice.
"She was just being a teenager -- laughing and joking," Linda Hunter said. "She's eaten dinner with our family and she's gone shopping with our family."