Teen indicted for Haruka Weiser murder

Meechaiel Criner isn't eligible for the death penalty

Meechaiel Criner and Haruka Weiser

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – A 17-year-old runaway from Texas’ foster care system has been indicted on a capital murder charge in the campus killing of a University of Texas freshman in April.

Family and friends of Haruka Weiser gathered at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Beaverton for her funeral, April 23, 2016 (KOIN)
Family and friends of Haruka Weiser gathered at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Beaverton for her funeral, April 23, 2016 (KOIN)

A Travis County grand jury handed up a two-page indictment against Meechaiel Criner (mih-kah-EEL’ KRY’-nur), accusing him of kidnapping, strangling and sexually assaulting Haruka Weiser of Portland, Oregon. The indictment was released Friday.

Criner faces up to life in prison if convicted, but isn’t eligible for the death penalty because he’s under 18.

Criner is in the Travis County jail. His attorney did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Criner was in the custody of state Child Protective Services before being reported as a runaway March 24.

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