UT Murder Case Trial Delayed As Officials Await DNA Results

By Krystal Cruz

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Following the closure of the Austin Police Department’s forensic lab last June, officials dealing with Haruka Weiser’s murder case have pushed back the trial date to August as they await DNA test results.


Meechaiel Khalil Criner was charged with Weiser’s murder after the latter’s body was found in Waller Creek. She was reported missing in early April.




The APD forensics lab was shut down after the discovery that it was following improper and outdated methods. Although the forensic tests have been sent to the Department of Public Safety for proper processing, thousands of APD cases are still backlogged.


Criner’s court appointed attorney, Ariel Payan, told the Daily Texan last fall that the lack of lab results hinders her ability to properly investigate her case and advise her client.


Despite this delay, Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore announced last week that she will not offer a plea deal when Criner’s trial begins.


To read more about Criner’s trial with the Daily Texan, click here.