Father of murdered NC college student whose body was found in car confronts suspect in court

North Carolina news

CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – The father of a North Carolina woman whose body was found in a vehicle in Carter County was escorted out of the courtroom Monday at the end of the suspect’s extradition hearing.

News Channel 11 captured video of Ricardo Delgado, the father of deceased Gianna Rose Delgado, as he yelled at suspect Michael Cadogan in court.

Cadogan was in court to waive his right to extradition for return to North Carolina.

Cadogan was being held in Carter County on charges of fugitive from justice and abuse of a corpse. At the extradition hearing, those charges were dropped, pending his extradition. He is charged with first-degree murder and concealing a corpse in North Carolina.

At the end of the hearing, Ricardo Delgado stood and began to point and yell at Cadogan. He was escorted from the courtroom and quickly left the premises.

Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford said Monday’s tension in court stems from the sensitivity of the case.

“When emotions run high, people do things because they’re not thinking clearly, and it’s our job to control these situations,” he said.

Delgado has previously stated that he will be pushing for Cadogan to receive the death penalty for the alleged murder of his daughter. He also told News Channel last week that he will make an appearance at each court date.

“Michael Cadogan will have his day in court,” Delgado said. “I will be there. Even if I’m on my deathbed, I won’t miss a court date. I won’t miss anything.”

Lunceford said that to keep Cadogan incarcerated, the department had to place charges, but when homicide charges were filed in North Carolina, the charges in Tennessee were pending.

“If we have charges on him here, then we can’t release him to another jurisdiction,” Lunceford said.

Cadogan will be transported from Carter County by North Carolina authorities.

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