Nevada Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty Against Murder, Rape Suspect

Prosecutors in Reno say they will seek the death penalty against James Biela, a construction worker charged with killing a young college woman and sexually assaulting two others.

Biela is scheduled to stand trial in February of next year for the death of Brianna Denison. She disappeared Jan. 20, 2008 while sleeping on a couch at a friend's rented home near the University of Nevada, Reno.

Her body was found 26 days later hidden beneath a discarded Christmas tree in a vacant lot in a southeast Reno business district.

The 27-year-old Biela also is charged with sexually assaulting two other women near the UNR campus in October and December 2007.

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