KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Missouri man has been arraigned on charges that he sexually attacked and suffocated his high school honors student daughter at a motel.

Forty-year-old Jerry Bausby’s first court appearance Thursday came two days after he was charged with first-degree murder, sodomy, incest and sexual abuse in the March killing of 18-year-old Daizsa Laye Bausby.

Online court records don’t show whether Bausby has an attorney to speak on his behalf. Bausby remains jailed on $750,000 cash bond.

Authorities say Daizsa Bausby’s body was found March 22 in a Kansas City motel room. A medical examiner concluded the teenager died of asphyxia by smothering.

Police say Bausby denied having sexual contact with his daughter, and that lab tests completed Monday show genetic material swabbed from Jerry Bausby’s body matched the victim’s DNA.

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