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A Hofstra University senior was arrested Wednesday in Hempstead, N.Y., and accused of killing a fellow student who rejected his sexual advances, then stashing the young man’s body in a succession of hiding places. Shaun Alexander, 23, of Dunwoody, Ga., was ordered held without bail Wednesday after his arraignment on a second-degree murder charge in the death of sophomore Max Kolb, 20, of Kingston, Mass., Nassau County, N.Y., police said. His next court appearance was set for today. Attorney Jason Abelove, who represents Alexander in a civil lawsuit filed last year against Hofstra, said Alexander’s parents would issue a statement on Thursday. Abelove declined to discuss details of the civil case. Eric Naiburg, a criminal defense attorney who previously represented so-called “Long Island Lolita” Amy Fisher, was also retained by the family to represent Alexander. Naiburg had no immediate comment on the charges. Alexander allegedly killed Kolb on April 25 at a motel in Hicksville, N.Y., less than 10 miles from the Hofstra campus, said Lt. Frank Guidice. Kolb remained missing three weeks. Guidice said Alexander made “some sexual advance towar” Kolb, who rejected him, and Alexander then killed Kolb with a kitchen knife. Alexander allegedly wrapped the body in plastic bags and a tarp, first keeping it in the back of his sport utility vehicle for a week, and then placing it at a storage facility in nearby Garden City, N.Y. He then allegedly took the body to a house he had rented in Long Beach, N.Y., about 15 miles from campus, and buried it in the back yard, the officer said. Guidice said the two met when they were neighbors in a Hofstra dormitory, but police had yet to determine “how close a relationship they might have had.” Guidice said a break in the case came from an anonymous tip that Kolb had last been seen leaving his dorm with Alexander early in the morning on April 25. Police were notified of Kolb’s disappearance by his parents after he failed to show up for a dinner date on April 28. The arrest came during the university’s exam week and just days before commencement on Sunday and Monday. “To say that we’re shocked is an understatement,” said Hofstra spokesman Michael Deluise. He described Kolb, a communications-film major, as an excellent student, and said Alexander did not have any serious discipline problems at Hofstra. Deluise had no immediate details about Alexander’s lawsuit against the university. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday that Alexander’s parents, Gerald and Cynthia, live in a neighborhood of $500,000-$600,000 homes in north Fulton County. The private university, 25 miles east of Manhattan, has 13,140 full- and part-time undergraduate students. Copyright 2001 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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