- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A murder trial is underway of an ex-convict charged with killing a 15-year-old girl whose badly burned body was found in an Indianapolis backyard.

The trial of 46-year-old William Gholston began Monday, about a year and a half after Dominique Allen was last seen alive. Police said she was kidnapped on Aug. 31, 2014, from the sidewalk in front of her older sister’s Indianapolis home. An autopsy found Allen was asphyxiated.

Gholston was charged with murder after authorities say DNA found on one of Allen’s sandals and her body matched DNA samples from Gholston. He was arrested three months after Allen’s death.

In his opening statement, Marion County Deputy Prosecutor Maxwell Wiley said Gholston left town shortly after Allen’s death and lied to police about where he was when the girl was killed.

Defense attorney David Staples said there are no eye witnesses or evidence that shows what happened to Allen from the time she disappeared until the time her body was found.

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