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Jury deliberates in man’s trial in Texas student’s slaying

July 20, 2018
Meechaiel Criner, accused of killing University of Texas student Haruka Weiser in April 2016, is escorted into a courtroom, Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in Austin, Texas. Criner, a 17-year-old foster care runaway at the time of the killing, is on trial for capital murder. He faces a sentence of life in prison if convicted. (Ricardo Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
Meechaiel Criner, accused of killing University of Texas student Haruka Weiser in April 2016, is escorted into a courtroom, Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in Austin, Texas. Criner, a 17-year-old foster care runaway at the time of the killing, is on trial for capital murder. He faces a sentence of life in prison if convicted. (Ricardo Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The jury has ended its first day of deliberations in the capital murder trial of a 20-year-old man accused in the slaying of a University of Texas student on campus in 2016.

The jury began deliberations Thursday in the trial of Meechaiel Criner, who was a 17-year-old foster care runaway at the time of the killing. He faces a sentence of life in prison if convicted.

Weiser, an 18-year-old dance major from Portland, Oregon, was walking to her dormitory after a rehearsal when she was strangled and sexually assaulted.

Criner took the stand and denied killing her. He said the night Weiser was killed he’d gone to a hospital to charge his cellphone and tablet and then slept in a vacant building.

Prosecutors say eyeglasses found at the crime scene match glasses worn by Criner.

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