2009-04-16 / Local & State

Man To Trial In Penn State- Altoona Student's Death

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) - Text messages show a western Pennsylvania college student found dead in the trunk of her car might have been trying to buy marijuana from the man accused of strangling her.

That man, 19-year-old Sean Louis Allen, of Hollidaysburg, has been ordered to stand trial on a count of criminal homicide. He's accused of killing 20-year-old Penn State-Altoona student Margo "Maggie'' Davis at his home on March 3.

At a preliminary hearing Thursday, state police say texts showed Davis wanted to buy drugs from Allen but that he was wary of a police set up. Davis and Allen knew each other from high school

Allen's attorney says there's no physical evidence linking Allen to the killing, but tests on items in the car could change that.

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