Medford, Ore., murder trial in hands of jury



MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — The Medford, Ore., murder trial of William Simmons has gone to the jury.

The 31-year-old Simmons is accused of killing 15-year-old Kaelin Glazier in November 1996 when he was 16. Simmons was the last known person to see the girl alive.

Her skeletal remains were found, unburied, in April 2008 just 80 feet from the trailer where Simmons lived at the time of her disappearance. She was identified through dental records and a ring.

Simmons was charged in 2010 with murder. Jurors were told Monday they can also consider the lesser charge of manslaughter.

Defense lawyer Andy Vandergaw says the prosecution’s case is weak, based on circumstantial evidence.