University of Pennsylvania

Suspect charged with murder in college student's killing

A former high school classmate of a University of Pennsylvania student found stabbed and buried in a California park was charged Wednesday with murder and investigators were looking for evidence of a hate crime, a prosecutor said.

Samuel Woodward, 20, killed 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein with a knife, prosecutors said, while the college sophomore was visiting his parents on winter break.

"We're continuing to search for evidence that might support special-circumstances allegations," District Attorney Tony Rackauckus said at a news conference. He said prosecutors were still trying to determine a motive for the killing and looking into whether it was a hate...