Suspect To Be Arraigned In Murder Of Connecticut Student

BOSTON (AP) _ The Suffolk County District Attorney’s office says a suspect in the murder of a Northeastern University student from Connecticut is expected to be arraigned.

Cornell Smith was indicted in April on first-degree murder charges for the May 20, 2008, shooting death of Rebecca Payne of New Milford, Conn., in her Boston apartment. The arraignment is scheduled for Monday.

It had been delayed because the 30-year-old Smith is serving time in federal prison.

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said in April that Smith was after someone else in Payne’s apartment building and that she was an innocent victim. Smith is serving an unrelated 12-year drug sentence.

Prosecutors have said a crack user who bought drugs from Smith drove him and another man to a location near Payne’s apartment the night she was killed.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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