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Thief River Falls Murder Trial Underway

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ADVISORY: This story includes content some readers may find disturbing.

Jedidiah Troxel faces charges of criminal sexual conduct and murder in the death of 40-year-old Tanya Kazmierczak in August 2012.

Prosecutors say Kazmierczak was last seen at a Thief River Falls trailer park, where she was seen leaving a party with Troxel. They allege he then murdered her near what's called the Smiley Bridge on the Red Lake River, five miles north of Thief River Falls.

Among their evidence, prosecutors allege they found Kazmierczak's fingerprint on Troxel's car, Troxel's bootprint at the murder scene, and Kazmierczak's blood on Troxel's clothing and in his car. In addition, prosecutors say sperm taken from Kazmierczak's body matched Troxel's DNA.

Jurors were permitted to see a gruesome photo of Tanya Kazmierczak's body as it was found at the scene. She was nude from the waist down, and her shorts were pulled over her face. She had been stabbed 37 times, and her throat was cut.

Defense Attorney Kip Fontaine waived his opportunity to make an opening statement and is not expected to call any witnesses before the trial resumes on Tuesday, November 5, when closing statements are expected.

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