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UF Professor Slain, Grad Student Held

September 2, 1989

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ A University of Florida professor was shot to death Friday and police arrested one of his graduate students, authorities said.

Arthur Kimura, 41, an associate professor of pathology at the School of Medicine, was found shot in his home shortly after deputies received a call that a burglar alarm had gone off at the residence, said Alachua County sheriff’s detective Capt. Andy Hamilton.

″A vehicle seen leaving the residence was stopped shortly after the call by an Alachua deputy,″ Hamilton said.

Jens Peter Hansen, 41, of Gainesville was taken into custody from the car and charged with first-degree murder, the captain said.

The motive for the slaying was still under investigation, he added.

Hansen was a doctoral candidate studying under Kimura, said Larry Lansford, a university spokesman, but the school did not immediately have additional information about him.

Kimura, had taught at the Gainesville school since 1980 and specialized in cancer research, Lansford said.

He was ″a highly respected scientist and a valuable faculty member of the pathology department,″ said Dr. Noel Maclaren, head of the department.