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Andrew Terry's two-day jury trial began Wednesday morning in Montgomery County

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. – Wednesday marked the beginning of a scheduled two-day jury trial for a Blacksburg man accused of concealing the body of his missing 3-month-old daughter.

Andrew Terry was indicted in January in connection with the disappearance of Arieanna Day on Sept. 11, 2018.

He previously admitted to burying the baby near Jennelle Road after he picked her up bruised and barely alive from her mother's house in Roanoke, according to prosecutors.

During Wednesday's opening statements, the defense argued that Terry's two confessions don't mean he is automatically guilty. Because Arieanna's body is still missing, the defense argued there are other possibilities for what could've happened.

The defense said this includes Jessica Day, Arieanna's mom, saying she sold the baby or an adoption agency stealing the baby.

The morning session of Wednesday's trial saw four witnesses called by the prosecution:

  • Arieanna's godmother, who was with Arieanna and Day on Sept. 11, 2018, before the child went missing.
  • One of the first Roanoke police officers to respond to Day's apartment that night.
  • A Roanoke police officer who searched the apartment and Terry's car.
  • A Roanoke police detective who is also a forensics expert. The officer presented call logs and Facebook messages from both Day and Terry's phones.
  • The biggest takeaways from witness testimony so far include:

    What's still to come in court on Thursday:

    • The answer to the question, where is Arieanna's body now.

    Court reconvenes at 9 a.m. Thursday.

    10 News has extensively covered all aspects of this case since we first learned of Arieanna's disappearance last year.


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