In the surveillance video, 11-year-old William McQuain glides along the pavement, wearing sneakers with wheels on them. Then comes another image, one revealed in court Thursday: A man furtively carries a baseball bat and slips it into the back of an SUV. The two ride off.
A short time later, according to the timeline prosecutors laid out, the man slammed the bat into William’s head and hid his body in a wooded area of Montgomery County. That is where William was found Oct. 18, more than two weeks after he disappeared.
Thursday’s session in Montgomery District Court was the first appearance for Curtis Lopez, who was arrested in the case last month and is the estranged husband of William’s mother. Prosecutors think that Lopez killed her, too — using a 30-pound dumbbell and a knife — and went to court to argue that he should be held without bond.
“This case [is] basically ghastly violence on two innocent, unarmed people,” Montgomery County Deputy State’s Attorney John Maloney told District Judge Barry A. Hamilton.