CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Members of Kareem Hunter's family packed into a courtroom in Kanawha Magistrate Court hoping for answers from a young woman they once called friend now accused of murder.
They left empty handed Thursday but still had hope that Kareem, 28, would be found.
Linda Hunter, Kareem's mother, was disappointed that Kelsey Marie Legg, 20, waived her preliminary hearing. The case now will be transferred to Kanawha Circuit Court where it will be presented to a grand jury.
Legg is accused of luring Kareem to her Marmet apartment late last month with plans to have him kidnapped, but detectives believe he was killed there instead. She's charged with kidnapping and murder.
She did not appear in court Thursday and remains at South Central Regional Jail where she is being held without bond.
Hunter had hoped to get a look at the young woman who had on multiple occasions eaten with her family and gone shopping with them but now stands accused of murdering her son.
Ten days ago, she drove six hours from her home in Hampton, Va., to Charleston to be here as the investigation progressed. She called it the longest and hardest six hours of her life.
She was disappointed because she had hoped Legg would have something to say.
"I just wanted to ask Kelsey why, that's all, and what happened," she said standing outside of the Kanawha County Judicial Annex. "I think she holds all the answers. I really believe she's the only one at this point who can tell us what happened.
"I just hope she will."
Kareem was last seen on Sept. 23. Hunter described her son as sweet and funny.
"Everybody liked him," she said. "He would never want to hurt anybody.
"He was kind. I just don't understand it, I just don't."
Charleston detectives investigating Kareem's disappearance went to Legg's 83rd Street apartment on Oct. 2 to look for clues. They found what they believed to be the scene of a violent crime and called on Kanawha sheriff's detectives to get a search warrant.
A search of the apartment revealed that it had been cleaned and freshly painted. Legg also apparently laid new carpet. Investigators still found large suspected bloodstains throughout the apartment and blood spatter on the ceiling.
A disturbance at the apartment was reported to Metro 911 on Sept. 23. Matt Legg, the suspect's brother, told detectives that he heard an altercation in Kelsey's apartment that night and later saw two men carry Kareem Hunter's dead body out of the building and then place him into a car trunk.
Surveillance video from Lowe's home improvement store in Kanawha City showed Legg in the store with two men on Sept. 24 buying paint and then again in the store with one man buying a roll of carpet.