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3 Costa Ricans Charged in Student Slaying

Three Costa Ricans have been charged with murder in the death almost two years ago of a University of Kansas student, officials said Thursday. Prosecutors said Kattia Cruz, 28, Rafael Zumbado, 48, and Luis Carrillo, 38, will likely be tried in the coming weeks, but no date has been set. If convicted, they could face from 20 to 35 years in jail. Cruz was arrested in November 2001 as a main suspect in the stabbing death of Shannon Martin. The other two were arrested last July. The 23-year-old Martin, who participated in a study program abroad, was killed May 13, 2001, while walking from a bar to her host family’s home in the town of Golfito in southern Costa Rica. Under Costa Rican law, officials can arrest suspects and hold them for months for questioning. On Wednesday, the three were charged with murder, paving the way for their joint trial. Full Story

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