Trial of former KISD student begins in Austin

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Jury selection is underway in the Austin trial of a former Killeen ISD  student accused of the 2016 murder of a University of Texas student.

A large jury pool was called in the trial of Meechaiel Khalil Criner charged in the April 2016 death of Haruka Weiser who was killed as she walked from a night class.

Her body was found in Waller Creek near the alumni center after friends had reported her missing

Police later said she had been sexually assaulted and strangled.

Police say that Criner was found in a nearby unused building when the fire department responded to a report of something burning.

Police say they recovered one of the victim’s shoes and a notebook from the fire.

Criner had been enrolled in KISD in August 2015 while in custody of CPS.

He was reported as a runaway to Killeen Police in March 2016.

He had told authorities in Austin when he was found that he was homeless.

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