Trial begins for woman in 1980 Ala. campus slaying

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A prosecutor told a jury jealousy was the motive for the killing of an 18-year-old student at the University of South Alabama 30 years ago as opening arguments were made in the trial of the woman accused of murder in the case.

The defendant, 49-year-old Jamie Kellam Letson, is charged with
shooting Katherine Foster in a wooded area. Deputy Attorney General William Dill told the jury on Tuesday that Letson, who was arrested in Jackson, Miss., in 2008 after police reopened the case, wrote a letter in 2002 in which she confessed to the crime and said she did it because she was obsessed with Foster's boyfriend.

Defense attorney Christopher Klotz told the jury that Letson falsely confessed to the killing to impress a friend.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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