Virginia

Teen charged in girl's slaying wants statements excluded

One of two former Virginia Tech students charged in the slaying of a seventh-grade girl is seeking to have statements she made to police thrown out.

The Roanoke Times reports (http://bit.ly/2hBEeU7 ) that Natalie Keepers' lawyer argues in a motion filed this week that incriminating statements 19-year-old Keepers made while police searched for 13-year-old Nicole Lovell should be excluded. The motion will be considered during hearings next month.

Keepers is charged with being an accessory to kidnapping and murder and with helping hide Lovell's body. Nineteen-year-old David Eisenhauer is charged with first-degree murder, abduction and hiding Lovell's body. Their trials are scheduled in March. Both face up to life in prison.

Lovell was found dead in January days after authorities say she sneaked out to rendezvous with the older teens.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com