Nearly 10 years after she went missing, Ronald Roldan was charged with second-degree murder in December 2020, after being indicted by a grand jury for her abduction in November 2020.
At the time of her disappearance, Bethany was five months pregnant and living with Roldan in the Orchard Grass Terrace apartment complex in Ashburn, Virginia. Roldan is believed to be the father of her unborn son.
On Tuesday, Roldan’s public defender argued in court that prosecutors have yet to present any evidence that Decker is dead, or that Roldan did anything to hurt her.
During the hearing, judge Douglas Fleming Jr. heard from a woman who was shot in the face by Roldan while the two lived together in North Carolina in 2014. Roldan was serving time for those charges and was about to be released from prison when he was charged with Decker’s abduction and murder in late 2020.
Given the seriousness of Roldan’s charges, and the domestic assault that happened three years after Decker disappeared, the judge said releasing Roldan on bond would be a potential threat to the community.
Roldan’s trial is set to begin on January 30, 2023, and is expected to last one month.
Bethany Decker’s Disappearance
Bethany Decker was 21 years old when she disappeared near Ashburn, Virginia in January 2011.
Ronald Roldan, her boyfriend at the time and father of her unborn child, was the last person known to have seen her. According to court documents, Roldan was living at her apartment when she disappeared, while her husband was away at military training. Despite numerous searches, Bethany was never found.
Bethany was five months pregnant when she disappeared, and left behind a 2 year old son. Roldan is believed to be the father of her unborn son.
Roland was named as a person of interest in Decker’s disappearance, but never named an official subject until November 2020. Authorities did state that he had become uncooperative in their investigation and was no longer willing to answer questions.