Trial starts for boyfriend accused in college dorm killing

AP News
Posted: Apr 22, 2016 12:46 PM

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A trial is underway for a Pennsylvania man accused of beating and strangling his college freshman girlfriend in her dormitory. says ( ) Gregorio Orrostieta's defense attorney told jurors his client didn't mean to kill Millersville University student Karlie Hall during a drunken argument in February 2015.

During opening statements Thursday, attorney Peter Bowers said 18-year-old Hall attacked Orrostieta after he spilled ramen on her. He also says a previous head injury from a drunken accident might have contributed to her death.

Lancaster County Assistant District Attorney Susan Ellison described Orrostieta as possessive and jealous. She says evidence will show he killed her.

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Ellison says Orrostieta cursed at and shoved Hall at a party earlier that night.

Police say Orrostieta told them he shoved Hall, causing her to fall and hit her head.


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