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Blaze Bernstein Suspect Charged With Murder In Brutal Stabbing

Prime suspect Samuel Woodward was charged with murder Wednesday in the killing of inspirational California college student Blaze Bernstein.

The ex-high school classmate of Bernstein faces 26 years to life in prison if convicted in the brutal stabbing death, which took place after the two met near their homes in an affluent Los Angeles suburb on January 3.

Woodward was expected to be arraigned later Wednesday.

Police sources told reporters that [Bernstein was stabbed more than 20 times.] Woodward admitted being angered when Bernstein kissed him hours before the killing.

A police press release noted that Woodward, who weighs 185 pounds, was linked by DNA evidence to the killing of Bernstein, who is 50 pounds lighter.

Bernstein, 19, never returned home after meeting Woodward and his body was found days later in a shallow grave in a nearby park.

The slain teen, who was on winter break from the University of Pennsylvania, was recalled in glowing terms by friends and relatives.

His parents have asked if the killing should be probed as a hate crime, especially since Wooodward reportedly used an anti-gay slur to refer to Bernstein during his interrogation by police.

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