Posted: Mar 8, 2013 6:33 PM by April Hansen, KSBY
Updated: Mar 14, 2013 8:36 AM
Dystiny Myers, 15, was found beaten and burned in Santa Margarita back in September 2010.
Jury selection was completed this week and the trial will take place in San Luis Obispo.
Frank York and Rhonda Wisto will be tried for the murder of Myers.
York and Wisto are mother and son.
Three others were also charged.
Ty Michael Hill of Santa Maria pleaded guilty to first degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Cody Miller of Fresno accepted a deal on first degree murder charges and conspiracy to commit murder.
He'll testify against York and Wisto.
Fifth murder suspect Jason Greenwell has also agreed to testify.
More than two years later, we take a look back at the case.
In the early morning hours of September 26, 2010, fire crews were called to a grass fire near Santa Margarita, but what they discovered was the badly burned body of 15-year-old Dystiny Myers.
For several hours, investigators searched the scene for evidence trying to find any details that would lead to an arrest.
The investigation led to the arrests of Cody Miller of Fresno, Ty Hill of Santa Maria, and Jason Greenwell, Jacob York, and Rhonda Wisto, all of Nipomo.
The details of Myers murder began to surface.
Her body was found wrapped in a heavy canvas bag, duct taped shut.
She had been beaten and burned.
Myers' friends and family remember her as a generous spirit and full of life.
"She was a very bright and very talented person. She sang and was in our talent show," said Bob Quirk, Dystiny's 7th Grade Science Teacher.
But they say Dystiny also had a troubled past.
She would often run away from home and party with friends.
"Teenage is always a difficult age, but no way we would have ever predicted anything like this would have happened. It's taking us all pretty hard," said Quirk.
Now every year, on September 26, the community continues to mourn the loss of Dystiny and may soon have more answers to why.
The trial starts Monday, March 11.
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