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University of Texas at Austin

Texas campus slaying suspect said family made him leave

A 17-year-old runaway who's been arrested in the campus killing of a University of Texas student claimed he left home in August because his grandmother's religious beliefs demanded that teenagers his age go "make their own way in the world," according to court records obtained by The Associated Press.

The records shed more light on the troubled upbringing of Meechaiel Criner, the homeless teenager charged with murder in the death of 18-year-old Haruka Weiser, a dance student from Oregon whose body was found in a creek at the 50,000-student campus in Austin on April 5.

Criner was in the custody of Child Protective Services before being reported as a runaway March...

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