- Associated Press - Monday, January 27, 2020

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) - Jury selection began Monday for a man accused of killing a Peru State College student whose body has never been found.

Attorneys began selecting the jury at the Gage County Courthouse in Beatrice for the trial of Joshua Keadle, 38, according to the Lincoln Journal Star, Keadle has pleaded not guilty to the charge of first-degree murder in the death of Tyler “Ty” Thomas, 19, of Omaha.

Thomas disappeared Dec. 3, 2010, after leaving a party near the southeast Nebraska campus. Although her body was never found, the state issued a death certificate for Thomas in 2013.

Prosecutors charged Keadle in 2017. His trial was moved from Nemaha County to Gage County, where the courthouse can better accommodate lawyers and witnesses.

Opening statements are expected to take place Tuesday.

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