Trial begins for father accused of killing 9-year-old daughter

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Opening statements and witness testimony got underway Tuesday in the murder trial of a South Side man accused in the brutal killing of his daughter in 2008.

The case against Richard Lyons is mainly circumstancial and prosecutors have not given a motive as to why the 45-year old would brutally beat and stab his own daughter.

9-year old Mya Lyons was in the weeds near the family’s Auburn Gresham home in July of 2008.

In opening statements prosecutors said Richard Lyons had a very elaborate story – a show it was called – to lead police away from him.

An expert hired by the state said blood spatters found in her father’s conversion van indicate Mya was killed in that van and did not match the story her father told – that he found her bleeding in an alley.

Richard Lyons used the van to drive Mya to the hospital.

His defense attorney asked jurors to put their emotions and prejustices aside.  She said police needed someone to blame and to close the case.

She said justice is not served with the conviction of a truly innocent man.

The state’s first witness was a woman who lived eight doors down from the Lyons’ home.  It was the house where Mya and her brother were playing before they were called home by their father on the night she died.

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