Jury selection and opening arguments began today in the trial of William Frank Simmons, the man accused in the murder of 15 year old Kaelin Glazier in 1996.
The community has been anxious for this trial to begin.They have waited fifteen years for some resolution in the case of Kaylin Glazier. The trial began today for William Simmons who was the last known person to see the 15 year old Ruch girl alive more than 15 years ago. Simmons who is now 31 years old, has been in jail since police found him to be a person of interest back in 2010, four years after Kaelin Glaziers disappearance Kaelin, a South Medford High student, went to church at Applegate Christian which where she was said to have been going the night that she disappeared on november 6th 1996. She never made it there, but statements made by the defence say the two were together that night. In 2008. Twelve years later- Kaelins remains were found by a neighbor mowing his grass next door to simmons residence and nearby to glaziers home.Today, more than 15 years later, Simmons stands trial for her murder and today 12 jurors and four alternate jurors heard opening arguments for the first time since her disappearance. Prosecutors with the district attorney's office plan to use witnesses testimony from Kaelin's mother, her former boyfriend, detectives & forensics experts, to piece together what events unfolded that night and throughout the years this as this case has remained unsolved. As that happens the defense will be lining up their own testimonies, like search and rescue workers who used tracking dogs and their case for reasonable doubt. ultimately, it will be up to the to this jury to decide if Simmons did the crime.