- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) - The trial has started for a New York man accused of killing his former high school classmate almost four years ago in Long Island.

Twenty-three-year-old Thomas Liming is charged with second-degree murder in the Nov. 16, 2011 death of 18-year-old Kyle Underhill. The Islip (EYE’-slihp) teen was found days after his parents reported him missing in a remote area behind an elementary school.

Prosecutors said Underhill had been beaten, choked and buried alive.

Defense attorney Joseph Corozzo says the two were friends, but that Underhill threatened Liming repeatedly after the friendship fell apart.

Newsday reports (https://nwsdy.li/1ODxqzt ) the Riverhead trial is expected to last well into November and will determine whether Liming justifiably killed Underhill.

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Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com


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