Murder Trial

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Opening statements are expected to begin Monday afternoon in the Leesburg trial of a 20-year-old college student accused of having her father killed by a friend with a history of mental illness.

A jury was selected Monday morning. The judge told them that the trial could last a week.

Prosecutors say Clara Schwartz persuaded 19-year-old Kyle Hulbert, of Millersville, Maryland to kill her father, 57-year-old Robert Schwartz, a biophysicist.

Schwartz was found stabbed to death in December in his Loudoun County home.

Prosecutors say Hulbert confessed, saying Clara told him that her father abused her. But the confession includes allegations about poisoned pork chops and hearing voices.

Clara Schwartz's lawyers say it's impossible to conspire with someone who may be legally insane.

Hulbert goes to trial in March. Two other friends of Hulbert and Schwartz also face murder charges.

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