Janice Bradberry didn't like the looks of the man charged with killing her son when he entered a courtroom Tuesday.
She said Matthew A. Davis III, the Niagara Falls murder suspect arrested in West Virginia last week, looked "like bin Laden."
Davis, 37, of Pierce Avenue, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary.
He is charged with the Aug. 22 death of Antoine M. Bradberry, 41, in the victim's apartment on Rainbow Boulevard in the Falls.
Police said Bradberry died when he was held down on his couch and asphyxiated with a shirt.
At the request of the prosecution, the shaggy-haired Davis, who was the subject of an arrest warrant issued Sept. 13, was held without bail by County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.
"He left here with a shaven head," Mrs. Bradberry said, referring to Davis' mug shot. "He comes here looking like bin Laden. He went to the mountains."
Davis was arrested by U.S. marshals May 1 in Taylor County, W.Va. Assistant District Attorney Brian D. Seaman said Davis had a stepson in that area and was living under the alias Tyrone McDaniel.
"We believe through the investigation he left within two days [after the homicide]. His cellphone was disconnected and he stopped using a number he'd used for a year," Seaman told Murphy.
Seaman also noted that in 2000, Davis was wanted on an assault charge and eluded police for two years.
"It does seem on the facts in front of me that a remand is appropriate," Murphy said.
"We are relieved that we know where he's at now, and we know he's not going anywhere," said Janice Bradberry, who attended the arraignment with her husband, Robert, and relatives and friends.
The arraignment was delayed for 35 minutes while a lawyer was found to represent Davis, at least for the day. Assistant Public Defender Michael H. White eventually stood in and said Davis was eligible for a public defender, but it was uncertain whether one would be assigned because of possible conflicts.
Davis will return to court Tuesday to find out who his attorney will be.
Two female accomplices accepted plea bargains to attempted first-degree burglary and were sentenced Feb. 2 to 13 years in state prison.
As part of their plea bargains, Teara D. Fatico, 22, and Chastity L. Wilson, 21, both of Niagara Falls, agreed to testify against Davis.
Police said there was a plan to have the two women distract Bradberry, perhaps by getting him drunk, while Davis stole marijuana stored in Bradberry's refrigerator.
When the women were sentenced, Fatico's attorney, James J. Faso Jr., said he thought Davis also might have wanted to confront Bradberry over his purported relationship with Fatico.