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Man charged in Iowa cold case expected to plead guilty

Published: Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 10:37 a.m. CST

IOWA CITY (AP) — A man charged with the 1995 slaying of an Iowa City woman is expected to enter a guilty plea Friday.

Steven Klein is accused of killing 38-year-old Susan Kersten, whose body was found in her burned-out car near Iowa City.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that Judge Chad Kepros said in an order filed Wednesday that he was informed Klein wanted to enter a plea and be immediately sentenced.

It’s unclear what charge or charges will be pleaded to by Klein. He’d been charged with first-degree murder. His trial had been scheduled to begin March 27.

An autopsy showed Kersten died of blunt force trauma to the head before the car fire.

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