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Eyeglasses found near the body of a University of Texas freshman in 2016 match an unusual prescription belonging to the 20-year-old man accused in her death, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
Prosecutor Guillermo Gonzalez also listed items that authorities said belonged to the 19-year-old victim that were found at various places where police said Meechaiel Criner was staying. Those items included a black boot, a laptop, a duffel bag, school work and the book "All the Light We Cannot See."
Criner is on trial for capital murder in death of Haruka Weiser, a dance major from Portland, Oregon who was strangled and sexually assaulted.
Authorities have said Weiser was killed on campus as she walked to her dormitory after leaving a rehearsal.
Criner, a 17-year-old foster care runaway at the time of the killing, faces a sentence of life in prison if convicted.
Gonzalez said a yellow Killeen High School T-shirt left in an abandoned building near campus contained a hair that was traced to Weiser through DNA analysis. Criner, who was living in Killeen before running away to Austin about a week before Weiser's death, had been spotted by firefighters at that abandoned building.
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Criner's attorney, Darla Davis, acknowledged that Criner had been living in abandoned buildings but said that he did not kill Weiser.
Thomas Weiser, a physician, told jurors that his daughter was a diligent student who came to UT on a dance scholarship.