A jury was seated Wednesday to hear evidence in the aggravated first-degree murder trial of Tyler Savage, who is accused of raping and killing a developmentally disabled South Hill girl in 2010.
Lawyers were expected to give opening statements in the case Thursday in Pierce County Superior Court.
Prosecutors say Savage, now 21, lured 16-year-old Kimberly Daily into a secluded area near their homes before sexually assaulting and then strangling her.
He’s pleaded not guilty.
Savage faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted as charged because Prosecutor Mark Lindquist decided not to seek the death penalty.