Jurors to hear details on 13-year-old Virginia girl’s 2016 killing

13-year-old Nicole Lovell (Photos: Tammy Weeks via WRIC).

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — Two years after the killing of a 13-year-old girl, jurors in the murder trial of a former Virginia Tech student are expected to hear details of her death.

Opening statements are scheduled Tuesday afternoon in the trial of David Eisenhauer. The former engineering student is accused of stabbing Nicole Lovell and slitting her throat after she climbed out her bedroom window to meet him.

Prosecutors say Lovell and Eisenhauer had developed a relationship through the instant messaging app Kik.

Natalie Keepers, also an engineering student at Virginia Tech, told police Eisenhauer claimed he met Lovell at a party and may have had sex with her, but could not remember because he blacked out.

Keepers has been charged as an accessory and is scheduled to go on trial in September.

FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Blacksburg Police Department shows Virginia Tech student David Eisenhauer, who was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Nicole Lovell. As testimony gets underway in the trial of Eisenhauer, charged with killing a 13-year-old girl, jurors could hear from an unlikely witness for the defense: his alleged accomplice. A jury was chosen Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, and opening statements are scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. (Blacksburg Police Department via AP, File)