Terry Robinson, 44, showed no emotion as he made his first court appearance inside the Cumberland County Detention Center Wednesday. He is charged with kidnapping and killing 24-year-old Erica Gainey.
Emotions ran high as Gainey's family members mourned her loss. She had been missing since June 28. Family members say her body was mutilated.
"Yes, I have hatred in my heart for this man because of what he did to my niece," Gainey's aunt, Cassondra Alston, said. "She don't deserve none of this. She has a 6-year-old girl at home waiting for her to come home. She can't even go view her mother's body. What are we going to tell her?"
Gainey's body was found inside Robinson's vehicle Tuesday outside a building on Britt Road near St. Pauls. The town's police chief tells ABC11 Eyewitness News a man named Kelly Jones led them to the remains.
Authorities say their investigation has revealed that Gainey's remains were in Pender County for a period of time prior to being transported to Robeson County.
The victim's father says she hasn't slept since finding out how Robinson was going to dispose of the body.
"He wanted to cook her and feed her to some animals," said Travis McEachern, Gainey's father. "How could you even think about feeding a human being to some other animal?"
Jones told police Robinson wanted him to help get rid of the remains he had buried but dug up. Jones drove the suspect to a convenience store in St. Pauls, jumped out of his vehicle and ran to a police officer and said, "'I have a murderer inside my car.'"
Family members are in shock.
"For you to have somebody buried then dig them up and now you still want to try and feed them to somebody, that's cruelty," McEachern said.
Gainey's family had hoped she would have been found alive.
"I thank God for the closure that he brought upon our family," Gainey grandmother, Sandra Wyatt, said. "You know, now that he brought her to us. We don't have to lose no more sleep wondering where she's at."
Robinson remains jailed without bond in the Cumberland County Detention Center.