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Doctor Faces Extradition To California In Chloroform Death Of Woman

December 6, 1991 GMT

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) _ Police arrested a doctor who they say killed a woman by knocking her out with chloroform with the intention of raping her.

Dr. Sam Dubria, 28, was arrested Thursday night at his Morristown, N.J., home in the death of Jennifer Klapper, 20, who was found dead Aug. 16 at the All Star Inn in Carlsbad, Calif., after Dubria called paramedics. He told authorities that the young woman had simply died after having sex with him.

Dubria was expected to be extradited to California for trial, according to Deputy District Attorney Tim Casserly. Casserly said Dubria would be charged with murder, rape and administering an anesthetic to aid a felony. A bail hearing was scheduled today.

An autopsy failed to reveal a cause of death, but a toxicology report showed that Klapper had enough chloroform in her system to kill her. Her face also was scratched, and tests showed evidence of recent sexual intercourse.′

According to an affidavit, Dubria said he and Klapper were traveling together but were not romantically involved. He told police that they had come to California to visit his parents and go sightseeing and that the young woman had unexpectedly consented to having sex with him the night she died.

But Klapper’s sister told police that, after a failed relationship, her sister had vowed not to have sex again until she married.

Before leaving on the trip with Dubria, the affidavit says, Klapper had told her sister that she was not attracted to the doctor, whom she met in a Cincinnati hospital where he was an intern and she was a librarian. After he left Cincinnati, they continued a platonic friendship.

When interviewed by police, Dubria denied killing the young woman and said he did not know how she might have come in contact with chloroform, a chemical commonly available in most hospitals.

According to the affidavit, Dubria suggested that the car he and Klapper were using might have passed a truck carrying chloroform.