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UT Student Goes on Trial for Murder

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The trial of a University of Texas student accused of killing and mutilating a 21-year-old woman is scheduled to begin Monday in Austin.

Colton Pitonyak is accused of killing Jennifer Cave in August 2005. Police say he left her partially dismembered body in his campus-area apartment and then fled to Mexico.

State District Judge Wilford Flowers summoned a surplus of potential jurors for jury selection. He says he's concerned that some potential jurors would already have opinions about the case because of pretrial publicity.

Pitonyak is a Little Rock, Arkansas native who was studying finance. He could face life in prison if convicted. Defense lawyer Sam Bassett says the 24-year-old has declared his innocence.

Cave was a Corpus Christi native and had just landed a job as a legal secretary at an Austin law firm. Police say she went out for dinner with Pitonyak and was never heard from again.


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