Sanderholm's Alleged Killer Breaks Sprinkler Head

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ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ A man accused of killing a Cowley College freshman in 2007 apparently broke a fire protection sprinkler head in his jail cell.

Cowley County Sheriff's Capt. Bill Mueller said Tuesday that water covered the cell floor and seeped into the jail booking area, but didn't cause major problems.

Mueller said he's sure the sprinkler head on the ceiling of the cell wasn't broken by accident. He said Justin Thurber was shackled, handcuffed and removed from his cell while jail staff cleaned up the mess.

Mueller said, ``He's been in custody a long time. He doesn't like it here.''

The 25-year-old has been jailed since January 2007, when he was accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering 19-year-old Jodi Sanderholm.

Thurber faces a hearing Dec. 16 to determine if he's competent to stand trial.

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