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Kan. Multiple Murder Trial Set

September 16, 2002

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OLATHE, Kan. (AP) _ Jury selection began Monday in the murder trial of a man accused of killing two women whose bodies were found in barrels, and a third woman who is still missing.

John Robinson Sr. could face the death penalty if convicted of killing the three women in Kansas. He’s also accused of three other slayings in Missouri.

Prosecutors say Robinson lured women with promises of a good job and world travel, and solicited sadomasochistic encounters in Internet chat rooms under the name, ``slavemaster.″ Two women who met Robinson at hotels later claimed they were sexually assaulted.

A gag order prevents attorneys from talking about the case.

Robinson is charged with killing Suzette Trouten, 28, in 2000 and Izabela Lewicka, 22, in 1999. Their bodies were found in barrels on land Robinson owned in Linn County, 40 miles south of Kansas City. He’s also charged with killing Lisa Stasi, 19, who has been missing since 1985.

In Missouri, Robinson faces capital murder charges in the deaths of three women whose bodies were found in barrels at a storage locker that he rented.


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