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Apr 26, 2010 8:27 PM

Reno judge rules on porn evidence in murder trial

RENO, Nev. (AP)

The judge in the case of a Nevada man accused of killing one young woman and sexually assaulting two others says the jury will be allowed to hear and see evidence of James Biela's alleged fetish with women's thong underwear.

Washoe District Judge Robert Perry also ruled Monday that Biela's ex-girlfriend will be allowed to testify during next month's trial about the Web sites he frequented with photos of young girls and thongs. But the judge says no one can refer to the sites as "porn."

Beila could face the death penalty if convicted of kidnapping and strangling 19-year-old Santa Barbara City College student Brianna Denison in 2008, then dumping her body and two pairs of thong underwear in a Reno business park.

His two other accusers allege he took their underwear after assaulting them.

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