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Man accused of killing college student says roommate did it

January 8, 2019
FILE- In this undated photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows Joshua Hupperterz of Philadelphia. Jury selection has begun in the trial of a man charged with killing a 22-year-old Temple University student. Hupperterz is charged with murder, possession of an instrument of crime, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence in the death of Jenna Burleigh. Philly.com reports he rejected an offer last month to plead guilty to third-degree murder, contending he is innocent. (Philadelphia Police Department via AP, File)
FILE- In this undated photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows Joshua Hupperterz of Philadelphia. Jury selection has begun in the trial of a man charged with killing a 22-year-old Temple University student. Hupperterz is charged with murder, possession of an instrument of crime, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence in the death of Jenna Burleigh. Philly.com reports he rejected an offer last month to plead guilty to third-degree murder, contending he is innocent. (Philadelphia Police Department via AP, File)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia man accused of killing Temple University student Jenna Burleigh is contending that his roommate is responsible for the 22-year-old woman’s death — a statement that police believe is a lie.

Assistant District Attorney Jason Grenell said in his opening statements Tuesday that evidence will show 30-year-old Joshua Hupperterz beat and strangled Burleigh after she objected to a sex act. Philly.com reports Hupperterz faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison if he is convicted of first-degree or second-degree murder.

Hupperterz admitted on Tuesday that he stuffed Burleigh’s body into a storage bin and attempted to hide the bin at the homes of relatives. He still contends his roommate — who has not been charged or implicated by police — killed Burleigh.

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