BARRE, Vt. — A judge has ruled the former boyfriend of a woman found dead on a roadside embankment in Vermont must stay held in jail without bail.

The Times Argus reports judge Howard VanBenthuysen said in his decision last month that a reasonable jury could convict 61-year-old Randal Gebo of murder based on the evidence.

Gebo has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other charges in the death of 59-year-old Cindy Cook. The woman’s body was found in July 2017 in Middlesex, and an autopsy later determined she had been strangled.

Gebo was arrested in Illinois a few days after Cook’s body was found while driving her car.

Court documents show Cook last contacted friends July 4, and Gebo started using her credit cards the following day.

Information from: The Times Argus,

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