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Dec 11, 2012 11:21 AM

Trial begins for man accused of 1990 murder of UA professor

TUCSON - The man accused of killing a University of Arizona professor and Muslim leader over 20 years ago is set to head to trial this morning.

Glen Francis, 52, is accused of the first-degree murder of Dr. Rashad Khalifa at his Tucson mosque in 1990.

Francis was arrested in April 2009 in Calgary and charged with the murder of Khalifa, who was the leader of "United Submissers International," an offshoot of the Muslim faith based on a controversial interpretation of the Quran. Francis was extradited to Tucson in June of 2011.

Tucson Police officials say that Francis was named as the suspect after the Dallas FBI matched his fingerprints and DNA to the victim. Police also said that Francis worked for the Tucson Shopper from January 2, 1990 to January 22, 1990, and visited the Mosque on January 6, 1990 under the pretense of reporting for the magazine.

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