WINFIELD (AP) — A jury deciding the fate of a Kansas man convicted of killing a 19-year-old student will resume deliberations Tuesday.

The panel in Cowley County District Court went home Monday after noon after spending about three hours discussing whether Justin Thurber should be put to death or spend life in prison.

The 25-year-old Arkansas City man was convicted last week of capital murder in the 2007 killing of Jodi Sanderholm. The Cowley College student was abducted, raped and strangled.

Thurber’s parents and sister asked the jury Monday to spare his life.

Glenda Thurber tearfully testified that prosecutors had rejected her son’s request to let him plead guilty in exchange for life in prison. She apologized to Sanderholm’s family, saying, “What happened to Jodi was beyond awful — horrific.”

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