Suspect in student death will stand trial in assault case

FILE - Ayoola Ajayi, accused in the June killing of University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck, appears in 3rd District Court, Friday, Dec. 20, 2019 in Salt Lake City. Ajayi, a man accused of killing a Utah college student was ordered Friday to stand trial on charges he sexually assaulted another woman he met on a dating site more than a year before the slaying. (Jeffrey D. Allred/The Deseret News via AP)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A man accused of killing a Utah college student has been ordered to stand trial on charges he sexually assaulted another woman he met on a dating site more than a year before the slaying.

The 31-year-old man pleaded not guilty Friday to felony kidnapping and three counts of forcible sexual abuse. He is separately charged with murder in the death of 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck, a student from California who disappeared after meeting up with him in a park in June.

Her charred and bound body was later found in Logan Canyon.

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