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Trial Date Set For Suspected Killer Of NIU Student

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William Curl (DeKalb Co. Booking Photo), Antinette Keller (Personal Photo)

William Curl (DeKalb Co. Booking Photo), Antinette Keller (Personal Photo)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — A spring trial date has been set for the man accused of killing Northern Illinois University student Antinette Keller.

During a status hearing Tuesday, DeKalb County Judge Robbin Steckert set May 7 as the day jury selection will begin in the trial of William Curl, who remains jailed on a $5 million bond.

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Curl is accused of attacking Keller as she walked Oct. 14, 2010, in Prairie Park, near the NIU campus, and burning her remains. Search teams found the remains two days later; she was identified through a DNA match.

Curl became the focus of the case when he failed to appear for a second interview with investigators. Police allege that he hid briefly in Mexico before returning to the U.S. Federal marshals arrested him in Louisiana, and he was extradited for trial.

He was indicted in January on charges of murder, arson, criminal sexual assault and concealing a homicidal death. He entered a plea of not guilty Feb. 22.

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