Man serving 40-year sentence for killing college student confessing to killing Kentucky woman

MARION, Ill. (AP) -- An Illinois inmate serving a 40-year sentence for killing a college student in 1982 is using his admissions in the decades-old killings of nine women as a way to avoid the death penalty.

Timothy Krajcir (KRY'-chur) is charged in Illinois with fatally stabbing a housewife in in 1978. Prosecutors in Missouri's Cape Girardeau County accuse him of killing five women there in 1978 and 1982.

A grand jury in Paducah has indicted Krajcir of kidnapping and burglary counts in the case of 29-year-old Joyce Tharp, who authorities say was abducted from her home in 1979 and killed in southern Illinois before her body was brought back to Paducah.

A Kentucky prosecutor says he won't charge Krajcir in that killing because it appeared to have taken place in Illinois.

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