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Man Accused of Killing Woman on Chico State Campus Heads to Trial

A man accused of killing a woman on the Chico State campus has waived his right to a preliminary hearing and will head straight to trial.

Posted: Jan. 10, 2019 1:13 PM
Updated: Jan. 11, 2019 3:22 PM

CHICO, Calif. - A man accused of killing a woman on the Chico State campus has waived his right to a preliminary hearing and will head straight to trial.

Samuel Johnson is charged with killing Linda Blacksten in October on the campus. Her body was found near Kendall Hall. 

Police said the cause of death appeared to be blunt force trauma.

Johnson will return to court on the Jan. 23 for re-entry of plea and to set a date for trial. 

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