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Defense to Inspect Van

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Pasco, WA- Defense attorneys want to inspect the van where police say a man shot and killed a Pasco teenager.

Marnicus Lockhard is accused of manslaughter in the death of 19-year-old Tiairra Jo Garcia last June.

The young woman's body has never been found, but prosecutors believe Lockhard dumped her body in a remote area of Mount Rainier National Park.

Lockhard's defense team will inspect the van and the seat covers, which detectives say will link Lockhard to the woman's death.

Defense attorneys have also asked Superior Court Judge Bruce Spanner to allow Lockhard to use the jail's library.

Spanner says he will review the jail's policy regarding library access before making a decision on the request.

Lockhard is scheduled to go on trial next month.