TACOMA, Wash. -- Tyler Savage's murder trial is not a whodunnit. In 2010, the 18-year-old admitted he killed 16-year-old Kimmie Daily and led detectives to her body in the woods of his South Hill neighborhood in Puyallup.
But during opening statements of Savage's trial, his defense attorney said the death was not a murder.
"This was a tragic accident," said attorney, Lee Tolzin.
Tolzin told jurors Daily died while having consensual sex with Savage. She was choked to death by her T-shirt and bra that had been tied around her neck at her request. Tolzin said Daily told Savage she wanted "dirty sex" and had done it before.
Tolzin said his client panicked when he realized Daily was dead.
Kimmie Daily's father, Cecil, testified his daughter had the mental capacity of an 11-year-old.
Prosecutors said Savage lured Daily into the woods where he raped and killed her.
If convicted, Savage faces life in prison without the chance for parole.
His trial could last a month, attorneys said.