Trial Starts for Kansan Accused of Killing Student

By: AP
By: AP

WINFIELD, Kan. (AP) _ The first day of testimony has wrapped up
in the trial of an Arkansas City man accused of raping and killing
a Cowley College student two years ago.

Justin Thurber is charged with kidnapping, raping and murdering 19-year-old Jodi Sanderholm in January 2007. The 25-year-old could face the death penalty if convicted of killing Sanderholm, who was a member of the Cowley College dance team.

Sanderholm's body was found in the Kaw Wildlife Area several days after she went missing.

Among the witnesses who testified were two women who worked with Thurber at the Subway restaurant in Arkansas City. They said that
Thurber harassed and stalked them.

Prosecutors also sought to make the case that cellular records show that Thurber was in Arkansas City and around the Kaw Wildlife Area around the time Sanderholm went missing.

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


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