Prosecutor: UT student’s belongings link suspect to slaying

AUSTIN, Texas (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.