Sacto 9-1-1
August 9, 2013
Man suspected of killing teen in Rosemont park appears in court

The man suspected of killing a 13-year-old girl in a Rosemont park last year appeared before a judge today to be arraigned on murder charges.

Sacramento County sheriff's detectives allege Ryan Douglas Roberts, 23, killed Jessica Funk-Haslam, 13. Roberts didn't enter a plea and is scheduled to appear in court again later this month.

Roberts was charged with murder in connection with the death of the teen, who was stabbed, beaten and asphyxiated. He will be represented by a private attorney assigned by the court after the public defender's office declared a conflict of interest in the case.

After the brief hearing, Funk-Haslam's mother, Tara Funk-Haslam, said she was pleased an arrest had been made.

"I knew we would always find somebody," she said. "I never doubted it."

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