Authorities in North Carolina will not seek the death penalty for Nate Summerfield, the Ashland man accused of killing his girlfriend Lynn Jackenheimer last year.
MANTEO, N.C. - Murder suspect Nate Summerfield arrived at the Dare County detention center early Saturday morning.
A Dare County sheriff's deputy said that Summerfield "arrived safely" at about 1:30 a.m.
Summerfield, 27, is being held in connection murder of his ex-girlfriend, Lynn Jackenheimer from Ashland, who was found dead in North Carolina.
The 33-year-old mother of two went on vacation with Summerfield, her estranged boyfriend, to the Outer Banks in North Carolina over the Fourth of July weekend. Jackenheimer never returned home.
Summerfield came back with their 3-year-old son and Jackenheimer's 13-year-old daughter, dropped them off at a family friend's house and disappeared.
On July 14, a construction worker in Frisco, N.C. found Jackenheimer's body in a bag. Experts determined she was stabbed and strangled to death, prompting a nationwide manhunt for Summerfield.
A grand jury is expected to hear the evidence against Summerfield on Sept. 10.
The Dare County Sheriff's Office said it could be a year or more before Summerfield goes on trial due a backlog of cases.