Haruka Weiser case: Pretrial requested to bring in experts, trial still set to begin July 9

Anna Lassmann

A pre-jury hearing for the Haruka Weiser murder case took place at the Travis County Courthouse Monday morning in the 167th District Court of Judge David Wahlberg.

The attorneys for the case said they are still waiting for the results of DNA testing. The trial for Meechaiel Criner is set to begin July 9 and will last two weeks.

A two-day pretrial hearing was requested by the attorneys to bring in experts to discuss the evidence. This pretrial is set for June 19 and 20.

Criner did not make an appearance in the courtroom.

Criner was indicted on capital murder charges in June 2016 for the on-campus death of Weiser, a UT dance freshman, in April 2016. The indictment accused Criner of sexually assaulting Weiser and killing her by strangulation.

Weiser was reported missing on April 4 when she failed to return to her residence hall after a dance rehearsal the previous night. Weiser’s body was found on April 5 in Waller Creek behind the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center.