Four years ago this month, Yulia Pogrebenko arrived in the United States from Russia with a suitcase and a large amount of cash, authorities say. She came here to help her 25-year-old son, who lived in Catonsville and needed money.
She was scheduled to fly back to Russia the following week, but she never showed up for the flight.
Instead, Baltimore County prosecutors say, the 54-year-old Pogrebenko's dismembered remains were found months later — her torso was found floating in the Chesapeake Bay that June by a man sailing near the Bay Bridge, and her skull was discovered in July by someone on the shores of Kent County.
On Wednesday in Baltimore County Circuit Court,...