Lawyers waiting for DNA test results in Haruka Weiser murder case


10:15 a.m. update: Meechaiel Criner appeared in court at his status hearing, but there was little in the way of significant developments in the murder case against him.

Criner is accused of killing University of Texas student Haruka Weiser in April 2016. His trial is set for July 9.

Lawyers are awaiting the results of DNA testing before proceeding with a defense motion to argue that the results should be tossed out because the test was flawed. That hearing will likely happen in May, according to defense attorney Ariel Payan.

The parties will meet again for a status hearing on March 21.

Criner, showing a long beard, appeared briefly. He enthusiastically greeted state District Judge David Wahlberg, “Good morning!” but otherwise did not speak at the hearing.

Earlier: DNA evidence will be the subject of a court setting Monday for Meechaiel Criner, the man charged with murder in connection with the April 2016 death of University of Texas student Haruka Weiser.

Lawyers for Criner have said the DNA test used in the case might be flawed and that its results should be tossed out at trial.

RELATED: See previous coverage of the death of Haruka Weiser

If convicted, Criner would face up to life in prison and be spared the death penalty because he was 17 at the time of Weiser’s death.

Authorities say they connected Criner to the killing through items he was burning that likely belonged to Weiser.

The trial is set for July 9 in Travis County district court.



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