Prosecutors may seek death penalty in murder of White Plains student

Prosecutors may be trying to seek the death penalty for the man accused of the rape and murder of a White Plains student.

James Cook is charged in the murder of 20-year-old Lindsay Bonistall, a sophomore at the University of Delaware. Police say she was raped and killed in her off-campus apartment in May and it was set on fire to cover up the murder.

Cook made his first appearance in a Delaware court Wednesday. The judge moved the case up to Maryland Superior Court. The move to a higher court may mean that the prosecution will seek the death penalty.

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