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Prosecutor: UT Student’s Belongings Link Suspect to Slaying

Posted/updated on: July 12, 2018 at 10:29 am
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AUSTIN (AP) – Prosecutors say eyeglasses found near the body of a University of Texas freshman in 2016 are consistent with an unusual prescription belonging to the 20-year-old man accused in her death. In opening statements Wednesday, prosecutor Guillermo Gonzalez listed items that authorities say belonged to the 19-year-old victim that were found at various places where police say Meechaiel Criner was staying. Criner is on trial for capital murder in the strangling death of Haruka Weiser, a dance major from Portland, Oregon. Criner, a 17-year-old foster care runaway at the time of the killing, faces a sentence of life in prison if convicted. Authorities have said Weiser was killed on campus as she walked to her dormitory after leaving a rehearsal. Defense attorneys say Criner didn’t kill her.


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