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Woman suspected of killing Lawrence man rejects plea agreement, will stand trial in March


LAWRENCE, Kansas — A woman charged with killing her housemate in Lawrence last year has rejected two plea agreements and will go to trial in March.

Attorney Carl Cornwell said during a hearing Friday that 20-year-old Sarah Gonzalez McLinn was offered plea deals on Wednesday and Friday but rejected them both.

She is charged with premeditated first-degree murder in the January 2014 death of 52-year-old Harold Sasko. Investigators say they found Sasko bound to a chair and nearly decapitated. Sasko owned Cici's Pizza restaurants in Topeka and Lawrence and McLinn had worked for him.

McLinn was found more than a week later in Everglades National Park in Florida.

Cornwell plans to use a not guilty by mental disease or defect defense in the trial, which is scheduled to start March 16.

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