Man Accused Of Student's Slaying Goes On Trial

By: Jennifer Bocchieri Email
By: Jennifer Bocchieri Email

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Two years after a college student's life ended brutally, the trial for her accused killer finally begins.

Monday morning starts the first day of jury selection. Attorneys questioned potential jurors on whether they already think Thurber is guilty based on what they know about the case and what their views are on the death penalty.

At least one juror was dismissed because she says there was no way she could presume he was innocent going into the trial. Another was let go because he would already be leaning towards giving Thurber the death penalty if he's found guilty.

The start of Thurber's capitol muder trial comes after a judge decided last month he was competent to stand trial.

"We've just been waiting for it for so long that I don't think it's hit any of us that it's actually going to start," said Sanderholm's sister Jennifer Mayfield.

It was two years ago this month Jodi Sanderholm dissappeared. Twenty-five-year-old Thurber is accussed of kidnapping, raping and killing the 19-year-old Cowley College student and dance team member.

"Some ways it's gone really fast and some ways it's gone really, really slow. To think it's been two years since the last time I saw my sister. It just feels like forever since the last time I got to hug her or anything," said Mayfield.

Jury selection is expected to take all week. Opening arguments are set to start on February 2nd. The trial is expected to last two to three weeks.

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