Trial date set for teen accused of killing UT student

AUSTIN - A trial date has been set for Meechaiel Criner, the teen accused of killing University of Texas student Haruka Weiser in April 2016.

According to KVUE's partners at the Austin American-Statesman, a Travis County judge scheduled Criner's trial for March 27, 2017. Criner's attorney told the Statesman that the trial will likely be pushed back.

Weiser was making her way home following dance practice on campus the night of April 5, but she never made it back to her dorm room. Her body was then found in Waller Creek next to the Etter Harbin Alumni Center.

Criner, 18, is charged with capital murder and has not yet made a plea in the case. Police believe Criner sexually assaulted Weiser before strangling her to death.

If convicted, Criner is not eligible for the death penalty because he was under the age of 18 at the time of Weiser's death.

Go here for KVUE's complete coverage of Weiser's death.

(© 2016 KVUE)


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