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Trial set for suspect in Va. Tech student's death

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — A trial date has been set for a woman charged with killing a Virginia Tech student.

Twenty-three-year-old Jessica Ewing is charged with first-degree murder and transporting, secreting or altering a body.

Media outlets report that Ewing waived her right to a speedy trial during a hearing Monday in Montgomery County Circuit Court. The former Virginia Tech student's trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 17, 2015.

Ewing is accused of killing 21-year-old Samanata Shrestha earlier this year. Shrestha's body was found in the back seat of her car, wrapped in a sleeping bag, on Feb. 10 in Blacksburg. The medical examiner's office determined that the cause of death was ligature strangulation.

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