HOUSTON -

A man accused of killing a Pasadena woman appeared in court Friday.

Jose Noriego, 37, is charged with capital murder in the death of Rocio Montoya.

His bond was set at $70,000.

Court records say that Noriego strangled and beat Montoya before setting her on fire.

Noriega is the father of Montoya’s child, according to investigators.
Firefighters found Montoya’s body in a field not far from her home Friday.