Professor Taken Into Custody in 1995 Slaying of Her Alleged Rapist

A European professor was taken into custody Thursday in an 18-year-old cold case in which she is accused of helping set up the murder of a man she claimed raped her while she was a college sophomore.

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Norma Patricia Esparza (Credit: LA Times)

Patricia Esparza, 39, was handcuffed and taken into custody immediately following a brief hearing in Orange County Superior Court.

Prosecutor Scott Simmons said he offered Esparza a plea deal that would require her to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter and be sentenced to three years in prison. She declined the deal. She had previously pleaded not guilty.

Simmons said the case would now go to trial.

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