Purdue student killed in dorm update: Ji Min Sha charged with murder in roommate Varun Manish Chheda’s death

Purdue student killed in dorm update: Ji Min Sha charged with murder in roommate Varun Manish Chheda’s death

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A Purdue College scholar was charged with homicide Thursday within the stabbing demise of his roommate, whose physique was discovered by officers sitting in a chair of their campus dorm room.

Ji Min Sha, a 22-year-old cybersecurity main from Seoul, South Korea, faces one rely of homicide within the killing of Varun Manish Chheda, 20, of Indianapolis.

Prosecutors allege that Sha stabbed Chheda, a knowledge science main, a number of instances within the head and neck with a folding knife that officers discovered on the ground close to the chair the place Chheda’s physique was found, in response to the Journal & Courier in Lafayette, Indiana.

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Purdue Police Chief Lesley Wiete mentioned final week that Sha known as police early on Oct. 5 and instructed them his roommate was useless of their first-floor dorm room on the campus in West Lafayette, which is about 65 miles northwest of Indianapolis.

Officers who arrested Sha discovered him sporting garments with blood on them, prosecutors mentioned, and an post-mortem discovered that Chheda had died of “a number of sharp-force traumatic accidents.”

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Sha appeared in courtroom Thursday afternoon for his preliminary listening to earlier than a Tippecanoe County Justice of the Peace who knowledgeable him of his rights and instructed Sha he may face between 45 and 60 years in jail if he is convicted of Chheda’s homicide. He’s being held with out bond.

A message looking for remark from Sha’s legal professional, Kyle Cray, was left Thursday afternoon by The Related Press.

Prosecutors haven’t disclosed a motive within the killing. However Sha instructed reporters “I used to be blackmailed,” when requested final week why he killed Chheda, with out elaborating. He additionally apologized to Chheda’s household, the Journal & Courier reported.

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