He has been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree assault and is currently being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.
Yulia Pogrebenko arrived in the United States at the JFK Airport on February 23, 2011 to visit a family member. She rented a vehicle and drove to the Catonsville area to visit her son. She was later reported missing.
On June 19, 2011, a boater discovered human remains in the Chesapeake Bay, south of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Anne Arundel County.
The remains were sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy.
On August 19, 2011, detectives were notified that the remains were positively identified as Pogrebenko after a DNA comparison.
Her death was later ruled a homicide by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.