The man accused of burning the 19-year-old woman to death is also suspected of killing a Taiwanese graduate student in a different state.
The Bush and Obama administrations have argued the Patriot Act allowed the federal government to sweep up phone records from millions of Americans.
The republican senator announced that he supports the National Security Agency's access to millions of Verizon phone records.
Investors shrug off report of massive collection of Verizon phone records by the NSA. But it's still early.
The Obama administration on Thursday called the collection of millions of Verizon customers' telephone records "a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats."
The news of the DOJ phone-grab story broke at 4:26 p.m., but it wasn't discussed on MSNBC until 7:37 p.m.
The seizure is believed to be part of a leaks investigation related to a May 2012 Associated Press story about a foiled terror plot.