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12.5.03

Body of missing federal prosecutor found in Pennsylvania

BALTIMORE (AP) - The U.S. Attorney's office in Baltimore says a federal prosecutor who went to law school in North Carolina was found dead Thursday afternoon.

Jonathan P. Luna was found stabbed and shot to death in a Pennsylvania creek after failing to show up at the trial of a rapper and another man accused of dealing heroin.

Brecknock Township police say he was discovered face-down in the water behind the parking lot of a well-drilling company in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, about 70 miles from Baltimore.

Police say a car was near the body.

Luna was handling the case against Baltimore rap singer Deon Lionnel Smith and his one-time associate, Walter Oriley Poindexter.

Lou Bilionis, a University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill law professor who taught Luna, says he was a bright and gifted man. He said Luna visited the law school recently and they had caught up.

Bilionis says he was pleased to see how well Luna had done.

Authorities are vowing to bring to justice whoever was behind Luna's death.

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