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Man pleads not guilty in killing of Minn. student

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A 22-year-old man pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in the beating death of his girlfriend, an Arizona State University student from Northfield, Minn.

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Luis Soltero is charged with murder, kidnapping and sexual assault in the killing of 19-year-old Rebecca Kasper, whose body was found in Soltero's Tempe apartment.

Tempe police have said Soltero went to a police station to report Kasper's death and gave officers her Minnesota driver's license.

Officers went to the apartment and found Kasper's body in the bathtub and covered with blankets and a rubber mat with a plastic bag over her head.

Police said Kasper had blunt force trauma to the head and face.

A dumbbell with blood on it was found near the bathtub.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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