Nate Summerfield wore an orange jumpsuit, avoiding cameras as he was driven back to jail.
He was arraigned on his first-degree murder charge in Dare County.
Summerfield is accused of strangling and stabbing his ex-girlfriend Lynn Jackenheimer, during their vacation with her kids on the Outer Banks on 4th of July weekend.
Sheriff's deputies say Summerfield dropped off the kids in Ohio and disappeared. Lynn never made it back home.
Summerfield’s brother says Summerfield hinted that he had killed Lynn during that Outer Banks trip.
Weeks later, her body was found dumped in a plastic bag near the side of a road in Frisco.
Last week, U.S. Marshals found Summerfield in an Ohio motel miles away from his house.
Bill Caley is part of “Team Justice,” a group from Lynn’s hometown in Ohio.
They drove to Dare County to see Summerfield in court.
Caley adds, “It’s heartbreaking. I just wanted to get up and smack him in there.”
When Lynn went missing, members of Team Justice helped her family with the search.
Now that Summerfield has been caught, they're hopeful justice will be served for Lynn and her family.
Summerfield is being held without bond. His case will be sent before the grand jury next month.