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The trial for a teenager who is accused of killing a fellow resident of a Fairfield Township group home began Tuesday.

Jury selection and opening statements were held Tuesday in the trial of Lance Tiernan, 18, who is accused of killing Anthony Parker, 16, at the One Way Farm group home last December.

Tiernan allegedly struck Parker in the head, then picked him up and slammed his head into the floor.

Three hours later, staff at the group home found Parker unresponsive during a routine bed check.

Parker died on Dec. 28 after more than a week on life support at Children's Hospital.

"This defendant was aware of the facts and circumstances of what it is he did," said Butler County Assistant Prosecutor Brad Burress.

But the defense claims that's not true, and in his statement to police he was  "having a bad day, and Parker set him off" while arguing over a flashlight. The defense says Tiernan did not knowingly cause serious physical harm to Parker.

"It was not felonious assault and it's not murder. I trust that after you hear all the evidence you will agree," said Charlie Rittgers, Tiernan's attorney.

The trial is expected to last two to three days.

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