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California man charged with capital murder of Saudi college student

6:53am IST - 01:42

A 28-year-old man was charged Monday with murdering a college student from Saudi Arabia whose remains were found alongside a freeway in California. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: A 28-year-old man was charged on Monday with murdering a college student from Saudi Arabia whose remains were found last week alongside a freeway in a Southern California desert city, authorities said. Agustin Rosendo Fernandez is accused of posing as a buyer for Abdullah Abdullatif Alkadi's car after it was posted for sale on Craigslist, then stabbing the 23-year-old to death and stealing the vehicle, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said at a press conference on Monday afternoon. Alkadi, an engineering student at California State University, Northridge, went missing from his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Reseda on Sept. 17. His body was discovered last week some 125 miles (200 km) away alongside the Interstate-10 freeway in Palm Desert. Police say they believe Fernandez killed Alkadi the day of his disappearance, aiming to keep the car and its price of more than $30,000. Detectives are still investigating the location of the stabbing, but police said Fernandez had visited Alkadi's home.

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California man charged with capital murder of Saudi college student

6:53am IST - 01:42

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