Michael Moore, 37, Stoystown Road, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Friday before Somerset District Judge Ken Johnson.
Moore's girlfriend told police that Frankie Allen Sass, 53, showed up at their apartment and was later found dead. They contacted a friend, who helped load the body into Sass' vehicle on Jan. 23. Police said Moore and his girlfriend transported the body into the borough, wiped down the truck, threw the keys inside and locked the vehicle. The pair then walked back to the apartment.
Sass was reported missing Jan. 23 by his family. Police found his body in the vehicle four days later after the man who helped carry the body to the vehicle came forward, according to court documents.
Moore apologized to Sass' family during the proceedings Friday.
"I want to apologize for my actions that evening," Moore told the family. "I wish I could change my actions that evening. I am truly sorry."
Several members of Sass' family began to cry.
Moore's attorney, William Carroll of Somerset, said his client intends to plead guilty.
"Mr. Moore believes rather than causing the Sass family a whole lot of turmoil by carrying this forward, he plans to plead guilty to abuse of a corpse, a second-degree misdemeanor," Carroll said.
His guilty plea will occur as soon as a hearing can be arranged in county court, he said.
Carroll asked Johnson to modify Moore's bail from $30,000 to nonmonetary. Assistant District Attorney Michael Carbonara protested. The judge agreed.
"I'm not going to do unsecured bond because there are misdemeanor charges," Johnson said.
Moore plans to be sentenced via video conference from prison where he will be doing time on a drug case, according to his attorney.
Moore was sentenced Thursday to four months to two years in state prison in a drug case in which he pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence, a second-degree misdemeanor.
Moore and Deaundrey Diar Fielder, 22, New Kensington, were arrested by state police on a search warrant at a Stoystown Road apartment in Somerset Borough on Feb. 3, 2012.
Moore was discovered standing over a toilet that contained several plastic baggies floating in the water. A bag of marijuana was found in the living room in an area where Fielder routinely stays, according to court documents.
Fielder pleaded guilty to possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use Dec. 18. He was sentenced Feb. 14 to eight to 30 days in Somerset County Jail. Fielder was credited for eight days served and paroled immediately.
President Judge John M. Cascio acknowledged that Moore's sentence in the drug case was at the high end of the sentencing guidelines for the crime.
"Considering the nature of the offense and considering Mr. Moore's prior criminal record and long history of not appearing for hearings in three counties shows a high disregard to the court," he said.
The judge credited Moore with 95 days for time served in the case.