Prosecution Builds Case in Sanderholm Trial

WINFIELD, Kan. (AP) _ Several more women have testified that a man charged with kidnapping and killing a Cowley County Community College student had also stalked or assaulted them.

Prosecutors Wednesday continued alleging that Justin Thurber stalked young women for years before the slaying of 19-year-old Jodi Sanderholm of Arkansas City.

Thurber is charged with capital murder, rape, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sodomy in the death of Sanderholm.

Thurber's trial is scheduled to begin June 24th with jury selection.

Katie Bevilacqua said Wednesday after the death of her friend, Sanderholm, she received a letter from jail from Thurber.

Defense attorneys argued that the prosecution's use of the letter was only a "character attack.''

Another woman testified that Thurber put a pillow over her face and tried to have sex with her in 2000, when she was 14.

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