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Police: Arizona professor fatally bludgeoned during robbery

ASU Professor Killed
ASU Professor Killed
Posted at 5:07 PM, Jul 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-27 21:09:18-04

PHOENIX (AP) — Two people charged with murder in an Arizona State University professor's death told investigators they lured him into the desert under the expectation that would he pay money for sex.

Investigators say Javian Ezell and Gabrielle Austin instead planned to rob Jun Seok Chae.

Ezell is accused of striking Chae in the head with a hammer on March 25 during a struggle after Chae refused to hand over money.

Investigators declined to say whether Chae was in fact lured into the desert over on the prospect of sex.

Ezell's attorney, Brian Borrelli, declined to comment.

Austin's attorney, Samuel Doak, didn't return a call seeking comment.