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Trial in Death of Conference Attendee Begins

The trial of a Greek man accused of the rape and murder of a US researcher has begun in Greece, the Associated Press reports.

Suzanne Eaton, who was a group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Cell Biology and Genetics, was at a conference last year in Crete where she was to give a plenary talk when she went missing, as Nature News reported at the time. She was last seen playing the piano at the conference site and it's thought that she then went for a run, as her running shoes were missing from her room. Her body was found five days later about six miles from the conference site in a World War II-era bunker, and police told CNN she had been asphyxiated. 

A 27-year-old unnamed suspect then confessed to her rape and murder, saying he hit her with his car, then took her to the bunker where she was later found, as the New York Times then reported.

According to the AP, the trial in the case has now begun.