The murder trial for the 2001 killing of a Troy State freshman, Brandi Hobson, began this week.
Jonathan Antoine Rumph is accused of strangling the 17-year-old girl in her dorm room of the all-female Clements Hall nearly three years ago.
According to sources close to the trial, Rumph was offered life in prison, but did not settle.
Now, if Rumph is convicted, he can be sentenced to ten years to life in the case, but is not subject to the death penalty.
The case continues at the Pike County Courthouse.