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

The jury is seated in the murder case involving Richard Lyons and his 9-year-old daughter, Mya.

Almost six years later, the case against Mya’s accused killer is going to trial.

Prosecutors say it was her father Richard Lyons who brutally stabbed her to death.

Mya was found stabbed to death in the weeds behind her father’s home in the 8400 block of South Gilbert Court in 2008. She had been stabbed more than 10 times and her skull crushed. Mya’s parents were divorced and she was visiting her father at the time.

It was her father Richard Lyons who found her body. Instead of calling 911, he put her in his 2000 Chevy van and drove Mya to the hospital.

But investigators believe  it was in Richard Lyons’s van where they believe he stabbed Mya, not in the alley where her body was found.

But defense attorneys say it wasn’t Richard Lyons who killed his daughter. They claim it was another man who police arrested after he was found to be looking for scrap metal in the same alley.

Police did find blood on his shoes but he was later released when the blood was found to be his own.

The jurors are expected to visit the alley where she was found.

Prosecutors call it a staged crime scene.

As for a motive prosecutors are not offering one at this time.

Opening statements are set to begin today at 9:15 a.m.

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