Medford murder trial begins in 1996 death of teen

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MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- A murder trial began Tuesday in circuit court in Medford where 31-year-old William Frank Simmons is accused of killing a 15-year-old girl in 1996.

The skeletal remains of Kaelin Glazier were found in a field in 2008 in Applegate Valley.

Jackson County District Attorney Mark Huddleston says Simmons was the last person to see the South Medford High School sophomore the night she disappeared.

Defense lawyer Andy Vandergaw says the prosecution's case is weak and based on circumstantial evidence and that police botched the investigation.

The Mail Tribune reports (http://is.gd/kvAYeP ) jurors are scheduled for a bus ride Wednesday to see the field where the body was found.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/