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Jenni-Lyn Watson Update: Funeral Arrangements Set for Murdered Dance Student

Jenni-Lyn Watson Update: Funeral Arrangements Set for Murdered Dance Student
Jenni-Lyn Watson (Personal Photo) Personal Photo

CLAY, N.Y. (CBS/WTVH/AP) Funeral arrangements have been finalized for 20-year-old dance student Jenni-Lyn Watson, who vanished last week while on Thanksgiving break in her hometown in upstate N.Y.

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According to CBS affiliate WTVH, calling hours are scheduled for Tuesday at the Thomas J. Pirro Funeral Home in Syracuse. Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday at in St. Margaret's Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated, with burial to follow.

Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said she was killed by her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Steven Pieper, who then dumped her body in a park.

The 21-year-old Pieper, of Liverpool, N.Y., was charged with murder and pleaded not guilty Saturday night at his initial appearance in Clay town court.

Pieper was held without bail because of the seriousness of the charge, Fitzpatrick told the Syracuse Post-Standard.

The arrest came hours after searchers combing through woods for any sign of Watson found the body of a woman believed to be the missing student covered in debris behind a storage shed in a swampy area of Clay Central Park, Fitzpatrick said.

The site was part of a 1,200-acre area canvassed by more than 100 police and volunteers in suburban Syracuse.

Fitzpatrick said Pieper was upset when Watson tried to end their relationship in early October. He said investigators believe Pieper killed Watson at her parents' house on Nov. 19, and her body was "dumped, frankly, like garbage," in the park.


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