Jury Selection in Kansas Murder Trial is Nearly Over

By: AP
By: AP

WINFIELD, Kan. (AP) _ The first stage of jury selection has been
completed in the capital murder trial of a man accused of raping
and killing a Cowley College student two years ago.

Twenty-five-year-old Justin Thurber of Arkansas City is charged
with kidnapping, raping and killing 19-year-old Jodi Sanderholm,
who was a member of the Cowley College dance team. Her body was
found in the Kaw Wildlife Area several days after she went missing.

On Thursday, lawyers finished qualifying a pool of 42 potential
jurors. Attorneys will spend Friday narrowing the pool to 12 jurors
and four alternates.

Cowley County Attorney Chris Smith says opening statements will
start Monday morning.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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