Trial to begin in Reno slaying, serial rape case
RENO (AP) – Trial is set to begin in Reno for a man accused of kidnapping and killing one college coed and sexually assaulting two other women more than two years ago.
A jury of seven men, five women and two alternates is due to hear opening arguments Wednesday in the trial of accused serial rapist James Biela (BEE’-lah) in Washoe County District Court.
The 29-year-old Biela could face the death penalty if he is convicted of murdering 19-year-old Brianna Denison.
She was abducted in January 2008 from a house near the University of Nevada, Reno.
Her body was found more than three weeks later in a field beneath a discarded Christmas tree.
Prosecutors allege Biela was responsible for a series of sex attacks that had Reno on edge for nearly a year.
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