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Vanessa Pham murder suspect, Julio Blanco-Garcia, appears in court

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The man accused of killing 19-year-old Vanessa Pham in June of 2010 made his first appearance in a Fairfax County courtroom Friday.

Julio Blanco-Garcia was booked on a charge of second-degree murder and was ordered held without bond.

The 27-year-old illegal alien from Guatemala is accused of killing Pham, but the details are unknown.

Under the rules of law in Virginia, there is no court affidavit spelling out the evidence.

Blanco-Garcia was grilled for several hours Thursday by Fairfax County Police, who wanted to learn as much as they could from the 27-year-old before he was formally booked.

What he revealed is still unclear other than police now have a better idea how Pham ended up dead inside her car in a ditch along Route 50. But those new details are being kept quiet for now.

One of the enduring mysteries in the case came from surveillance video showing Pham's car entering and then leaving the Fairfax Village Shopping Center on Gallows Road.

Was the killer already inside?

Blanco-Garcia was arrested Thursday at a house under construction in Vienna where he was putting up siding.

Julio Blanco-Garcia appeared via closed circuit television. His hands were cuffed behind his back. He wore what appeared to be an isolation jumpsuit, often referred to as a "suicide smock," suggesting there may be some concerns about his mental state and safety.

Pham was home on summer break when she was killed. The 19-year-old was studying fashion at a school in Georgia and hoped one day to be a designer.

Outside the apartment Friday where Pham lived with her mother, an aunt we are told, was overcome with emotion while talking to a detective.

She and Vanessa's mother declined to comment.

Fairfax County Police say the case was closed this week with a big break. The acting police chief said forensic analysis led investigators to Blanco-Garcia, who had not previously been under investigation.

The chief also said the Pham and Blanco-Garcia had no prior relationship.

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