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Man accused in ASU dragging death to stand trial

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TEMPE, AZ (AP) -

A transient accused of dragging an Arizona State University student to her death in 2010 will stand trial in May.

Maricopa County prosecutors on Friday rejected a plea agreement proposal from Joseluis Marquez's lawyer.

The East Valley Tribune says the 21-year-old Marquez had agreed to plead to a lesser charge of manslaughter, which would not carry up to a life sentence for first-degree murder.

Authorities say 21-year-old Kyleigh Sousa was outside a Tempe restaurant in the early morning hours of May 26, 2010, when a man approached her and grabbed her purse. Police say the man jumped into a rental car and took off, dragging Sousa, who was tangled up in the purse's strap.

Sousa was kept on life support until her family arrived from New Jersey.

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