AUSTIN – According to an Austin American Statesman report, the University of Texas student killed on campus last week appears to have been sexually assaulted and died from strangulation, based on preliminary evidence gathered by detectives.
After collecting DNA samples from the body of Haruka Weiser, 18, forensic examiners were awaiting lab results before potentially filing more charges against 17-year-old Meechaiel Khalil Criner.
Criner is being held in a Travis County Jail and his bond has been set at $1 million.
Weiser was last seen leaving the drama building on campus around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, April 3. She texted her roommate to say she was on her way back to their dormitory, but never made it. Friends reported her missing the next day.
AUSTIN, Texas – A teen has been charged in the death of University of Texas student Haruka Weiser, according to Austin police. Meechaiel Khalil Criner, 17, was booked into the Travis County Jail and his bond has been set at $1 million.
Weiser was last seen leaving the drama building on campus around 9: 30 p.m. Sunday. She texted her roommate to say she was on her way back to their dormitory, but never made it. Friends reported her missing on Monday.
McALLEN — A federal jury in Oregon convicted a local urologist and his wife Thursday of laundering $1.8 million to Iran, violating U.S. sanctions on the Middle Eastern nation, court records say.
Dr. Hossein Lahiji and his wife, attorney Najmeh Vahid Lahiji, were convicted of conspiracy to defraud the United States and conspiracy to commit money laundering during a federal trial that ended Thursday in a Portland, Ore., federal courtroom.
The guilty verdict came after more than two days of deliberations in the 13-day trial. The husband and wife each face up to 20 years in federal prison and a $500,000 fine at a sentencing hearing set for Nov. 19.
A 26-page indictment filed in 2010 named the couple as recipients of federal tax exemptions for their donations to a Portland-based nonprofit that channels aid to other charities in Iran.
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