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Meechaiel Criner pleads not guilty to murder of UT student as trial begins

Austin Police say Haruka Weiser's (right) body was found with obvious trauma and evidence of sexual assault. Meechiael Criner (left) is charged accused of killing Weiser as she walked back to her dorm. (Criner photo: Austin Police Department, Weiser Photo: Facebook / MGN)

The jury has been seated in the murder trial of Meechaiel Criner.

He is accused of sexually assaulting and killing University of Texas freshman Haruka Weiser on campus in 2016.

Criner has pleaded not guilty.

Jury selection started Monday and dozens of people were turned away.

Many were familiar with the case and believe Criner is guilty.

Lawyers have eight days to get the case to the jury.

Police used surveillance video to link Criner to the crime scene.

Earlier, the judge tossed out DNA evidence because of testing protocols that weren’t followed.

The trial is expected to last two weeks.

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