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College Student Accused in Death

March 1, 2002

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) _ A college exchange student faced possible extradition to Korea for allegedly beating a fellow American to death after a sexual encounter while the two women were studying in Seoul.

Kenzi Noris Elizabeth Snider, 20, appeared in court Friday and was ordered held until an extradition hearing March 11.

A federal complaint accuses the former Marshall University student of the fatal beating of Jamie Lynn Penich, a 21-year-old University of Pittsburgh student, while both were studying at Keimyung University in Daegu, Korea.

Snider confessed to the killing last month, according to the complaint.

Snider, Penich and other exchange students had been out drinking during a sightseeing trip to Seoul last March 17, the complaint says.

When they returned to their hotel, the complaint says, the two women kissed, and then Snider became angry, hit Penich’s head and stomped on her neck and chest. Penich died of suffocation.

Snider’s friends said Friday they didn’t think the education major was capable of such an attack.

``She doesn’t eat meat because she can’t stand the idea of killing animals,″ Carmen Dillon said.

In Pittsburgh, Penich’s uncle Bill Sherback said the family was relived to hear of the arrest.

Snider’s parents could not be immediately located for comment Friday.

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