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Court date set for man accused of killing Murray State student

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22-year old Julius Sotomayor faces murder charges in 21-year old Sarah Townsend's death.

MURRAY, Ky. (WSIL) -- A Kentucky man is set to appear before a circuit court to face murder charges next month.

A grand jury indicted 22-year old Julius Sotomayor on murder charges last Friday, according to the Calloway County Circuit Clerk's Office. Sotomayor is accused of killing 21-year old Sarah Townsend of Farmville, Virginia.

Photo of 21-year old Sarah Townsend of Farmville, Va.

Sheriff's deputies discovered a body the morning of March 26 in rural Calloway County. Investigators later identified the body as Townsend's.

Preliminary autopsy reports showed Townsend died of multiple gunshot wounds. Kentucky State Police arrested Sotomayor the next day.

Sotomayor's arraignment is set for May 4 at 1:30 pm at Calloway County Circuit Court.

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Danny Valle

Danny Valle anchors News 3 This Morning on Saturday and Sunday and reports Monday-Wednesday at News 3 WSIL. He joined the team in 2017 as a morning producer, before becoming an anchor in 2018, and reporter in 2019. Danny graduated from SIU-Carbondale in 2015, earning a Bachelor’s in Electronic Journalism with a specialization in Sports Broadcasting.

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