CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -The man accused of killing a Cleveland mother, outside a church last month, is facing additional charges.
Last month, Michael Preston pleaded not guilty to a charge of aggravated murder for the death of Lesley DeJesus. Prosecutors said Preston ran DeJesus over with her van while trying to steal the vehicle.
Preston pleaded not guilty in court on Wednesday, his bond was set at $2 million.
The widower of DeJesus spoke at the arraignment. He asked that Preston get the highest bond possible.
The next court appearance for Preston is scheduled for Dec. 17.
Investigators said on Nov. 15, DeJesus was inside Archwood United Church of Christ setting up a birthday party for her teen daughter.
They said DeJesus noticed two men hot-wiring her van and ran outside along with her husband to try and stop it from happening. Investigators said that’s when Preston ran DeJesus over- crushing her to death.
The new charges leveled against Preston are murder, attempted murder (citing injuries to DeJesus’s husband), felonious assault and two counts of aggravated robbery.
DeJesus came to Cleveland two-years ago from Puerto Rico hoping to give her family better opportunities.
Last month during a news conference a family member said, “Lesley was a courageous woman who loved her children and family and was willing to do anything for her children.”