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Ex-Virginia Tech student pleads no contest in girl’s killing

David Eisenhauer, right, next to his defense attorney Tony Anderson, left, during a hearing in Montgomery County Circuit Court in Christiansburg, Va., Friday, Feb. 9 2018. Eisenhauer, a former Virginia Tech student, pleaded no contest on Friday, in the 2016 killing of a 13-year-old girl. A plea of no contest means a defendant acknowledges there's enough evidence to convict him, but doesn't admit he committed the crime. The plea has the same effect as a guilty plea. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP, Pool)

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — The trial of a former Virginia Tech student came to a sudden end when he pleaded no contest to killing a 13-year-old girl.

David Eisenhauer entered his pleas Friday in his trial in the 2016 stabbing death of Nicole Lovell, a 7th-grader from Blacksburg.

Jurors had already heard testimony that Eisenhauer’s DNA was found under Lovell’s fingernails, her blood was found in the trunk of his car, and her address was written on a slip of paper found in his dorm room.

Eisenhauer’s lawyers had attempted to shift the blame to his alleged accomplice, Natalie Keepers.

Keepers admitted helping dump Lovell’s body in North Carolina. She faces a trial in September on being an accessory before the fact and concealing a body.

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