Trial Starts for Kansan Accused of Killing Student

By: AP
By: AP

A prosecutor tells jurors that the evidence will show that an Arkansas City man's stalking habits and aggressive sexual behavior led to the rape and murder of a Cowley College student two years ago.

Prosecutor Vic Braden spent 90 minutes on his opening statement
Monday in the trial of Justin Thurber. Thurber is charged with kidnapping, raping and killing 19-year-old Jodi Sanderholm in January 2007. Her body was found in the Kaw Wildlife Area several days after she went missing.

Defense attorney Ron Evans' opening remarks lasted just three minutes. He asked the jury to spare Thurber's life if they decide to hold him accountable in the death. After opening statements, the jury heard from Thurber's ex-girlfriend, who testified about his violent sexual fantasies.

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