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Trial Starts For Virginia Tech Student Charged With Murdering 13-Year-Old Girl After Alleged Hookup

Nicole Lovell's nude body was found three days after she allegedly snuck out of her bedroom window to meet David Eisenhauer, and was covered in stab wounds.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
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A former Virginia Tech student is on trial for the murder of a 13-year-old girl he allegedly stabbed following their hookup. As Fox News reports, David Eisenhauer is on trial for first-degree murder in Christiansburg, Virginia for the death of Nicole Lovell in 2016.

Prosecutors allege that Lovell climbed out her bedroom window in January 2016 to meet Eisenhauer. He was 18 at the time and a freshman majoring in engineering at Virginia Tech. He and the victim, who was in middle school, were allegedly in a relationship.

Her nude body was found three days later, covered in stab wounds, over the state line in North Carolina. Her family discovered her missing the next morning after they moved a dresser that she had pushed to the front of her bedroom door. “She had a huge boy crush kind of thing,” said the victim's mother Terry. “But in the same sense, it was kind of innocent, you know? Because she was still a child, you know? And all she wanted was just the attention… She wanted to feel like she could fit in with the boys, and that the boys loved her and thought she was pretty. And, you know, just like any other little girl.”

Eisenhauer says he is innocent of the crime.

As CrimeOnline shares, another former college student (seen below) is charged as an accessory in the girl’s death.

Natalie Marie Keepers reportedly told authorities that Eisenhauer (whom she had a previous fling with) had met Lovell at a party. ABC News, however, reports that the victim and Eisenhauer met on Kik. He worried that he had got the teen pregnant and decided he needed to kill her. Keepers told authorities in detail how the crime happened. “David reached back into her throat and pulled,” Keepers said, according to WSET. She said that he held her to the ground and stabbed her multiple times in her chest and stomach. "We drove to North Carolina so he could dump the body," she said. "Her blanket and the soap we used to clean her with are in a suitcase in my dorm room."

Her trial is slated to begin in September.

Eisenhauer is charged with first-degree murder, abduction and concealing a body. Keepers is charged with being an accessory before the fact to first-degree murder and with concealing a body. 

Both suspects are 20 years old. They have maintained their innocence.

[Photo: Montgomery County Police Department]

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