Trial in Alaska university cold case death to start soon

    AUBURN, Maine (AP) — The trial of a Maine man who has been charged in the murder and sexual assault of a woman in Alaska nearly three decades ago is set to begin.

    The Sun Journal reports jury selection in the case of 47-year-old Steven Downs, of Auburn, Maine, is scheduled Monday in Fairbanks.

    Downs was charged in the 1993 death of 20-year-old Sophie Sergie.

    Investigators have said Sergie had been visiting a friend at a University of Alaska Fairbanks dorm when her body was discovered.


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