Suspects Charged in Death of 13-Year-Old Make First Appearance in Court

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WRIC/AP/WSLS) — Two Virginia Tech students accused in the death of a 13-year-old girl have made their first appearances in a courtroom today.

18-year-old David Eisenhauer made a brief appearance in a Montgomery County courtroom on Monday out of sight of reporters. Eisenhauer was scheduled to appear at 10 a.m., but showed up ahead of time. The clerk’s office said Eisenhauer had retained court-appointed attorney Chris Tuck.

He is charged with first-degree murder and abduction in the death of 13-year-old Nicole Madison Lovell. Her body was found near the Virginia-North Carolina border.

Police have not said how she was killed or released a motive for the slaying.

19-year-old Natalie Keepers entered the court wearing an orange jumpsuit with handcuffs and shackles. She is charged with improper disposal of a body and accessory after the fact. She told Judge Robert Viar Jr. that she understood the charges against her and had retained counsel, attorney Kris Olin.

The students did not enter a plea. Both have their next court date set for March 28.

8News sister station WSLS obtained arrest warrants for David Eisenhauer. The document says that when Eisnenhauer was arrested for abduction, he stated, “I believe the truth can set me free.”

The warrant also shows that when Eisnenhauer was charged with first degree murder, “the accused had no comment.”

Both warrants state that no firearm was used in the alleged offense.

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