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Defense tries to shift blame in stabbing of Virginia teen

Defense tries to shift blame in stabbing of Virginia teen

The accomplice of a former Virginia Tech student from Columbia charged in the stabbing death of a 13-year-old girl had a fascination with knives and was “deeply motivated” to kill the teen, a defense attorney said Tuesday.

At the opening of David Eisenhauer's murder trial, his attorney, John Lichtenstein, tried to shift the jury's focus to his friend and alleged accomplice, Natalie Keepers, a Laurel resident and a graduate of Hammond High School. She will go on trial later this year.

Eisenhauer, a Wilde Lake High School graduate, is accused of making a “secret date” with Nicole Lovell in 2016 after meeting the teen through Kik, an instant messaging app.

Nicole, a...

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