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Trial begins in 9-year-old Addison girl's death

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 9:33 a.m. CDT

ADDISON – The trial of a Chicago man accused of murdering his 9-year-old daughter from Addison began this week.

Richard Lyons, 45, found his daughter, Mya Lyons, dead in the 8400 block of Gilbert Court, near his home on Chicago's South Side nearly six years ago. The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office ruled the death a homicide. Lyons faces two counts of murder charges, according the the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.

Mya died of multiple stab wounds and other injuries in July 2008.

On Tuesday, Cook County State's Attorney Fabio Valentini said after Richard Lyons killed his daughter and left her in an alley, he alerted neighbors that she was missing. Then the father pretended to discover Mya's body and drove her body to the hospital where she was pronounced dead, according to media reports.

Mya was going to be a fourth-grader at G. Stanley Hall School in Glendale Heights, where she was remembered for love of learning. Mya lived with her mother, Ericka Barnes, in Addison during the school year and spent summers with her father in Chicago.

The trial is expected to conclude this week, according to media reports.

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