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Mom's boyfriend charged in Florida girl's murder

Sanel Saint Simon

CBS affiliate WKMG

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla.--A Florida grand jury has indicted a suspect in the July murder of 16-year-old Alexandria Chery, reports CBS affiliate WKMG.

Sanel Saint Simon, 43, Chery's mother's live-in boyfriend, faces charges of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and giving false information to law enforcement.

Ray Joseph, the teen's uncle, said the family is relieved that Saint Simon was charged.

"This not going to change the fact that Alex is gone, this will not bring Alex back, but it is a great step forward toward getting justice for Alex," Joseph said.

Chery was reported missing by her mother. Deputies identified her body on Aug. 6, almost a week after her remains were found near a wooded Osceola County road in central Florida.

Saint Simon was named the prime suspect in Alexandria's death and pleaded not guilty to tampering with evidence last month.

A pretrial hearing was set for Oct. 14. Bond for Saint Simon was set at $200,000, although he still remained in the Orange County Jail as the state attorney's office gathered evidence from Orange County Sheriff's Office for the murder charges.

In a previous bond hearing, prosecutors said Saint Simon lied about leaving work the day Alexandria vanished and then lied about borrowing a car and driving it to her home. Prosecutors also said he tried to clean up blood that was found inside the teen's bedroom.