Prosecutors to announce charges in college student’s killing

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors plan to announce charges in the killing of a University of Pennsylvania student found buried in a Southern California park.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckus has scheduled a news conference Wednesday morning to announce his decision on charges for 20-year-old Samuel Woodward, suspected of killing 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein.

Authorities say Bernstein was visiting his parents on winter break when he went to a park with Woodward Jan. 2. His stabbed body was found in a shallow grave there a week later. Woodward was arrested soon after.

In an affidavit obtained by the Orange County Register, Woodward told investigators he was angry after Bernstein kissed him the night they went to the park.

Bernstein’s parents say the killing may have been a hate crime against their gay son.

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