Suspect in University of Penn student's murder due in court

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- A 20-year-old California man charged in the killing of a University of Pennsylvania student is due in court.

Samuel Woodward of Newport Beach is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday in Santa Ana.

Authorities say Woodward killed 19-year-old sophomore Blaze Bernstein and buried his body in a shallow grave at a neighborhood park not far from the Bernstein family home in Lake Forest.

Authorities say he was missing for a week after leaving the house with Woodward the night of Jan. 2.

Woodward is charged with murder and an enhancement for use of a knife. He is being held without bail.

Bernstein was gay and Jewish and authorities are investigating the possibility of a hate crime. He was home in California visiting his family for winter break.

AP-WF-02-02-18 0746GMT



 
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