Guilty verdict in murder of ACMA alumna
A jury on Friday found Meechaiel Criner guilty of capital murder in the 2016 death of former Beaverton resident Haruka Weiser.
Criner, 20, was sentenced to life in prison by Texas District Judge David Wahlberg, according to reporter Ryan Autullo of the American-Statesman in Austin, Texas.
Weiser was an alumna of Beaverton's Arts & Communication Magnet Academy, or ACMA. She was 18 at the time and was walking back to her dorm on April 3, 2016, when police say she was murdered. She was a student at the University of Texas at Austin.
Criner had pleaded not guilty. Because he was 17 years old at the time of the homicide, he is not eligible for the death penalty.
Weiser's father, Dr. Thomas Weiser, addressed Criner from the witness stand and said, "what can a father say to the one that killed his daughter?"
Weiser is a medical doctor in Portland, according to the American-Statesman, who quoted him as saying his daughter had not died in vain and had been telling her story through the various clues that investigators followed, beginning with black smoke emitting from a vacant building where Criner was found burning her belongings.
"I think you messed with the wrong girl that night," Weiser said, according to the American-Statesman.
Criner, now 20, will be eligible for parole in 40 years, the paper reported.