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Incest trial for man charged with imprisoning daughter for 24 years

Austria incest trial - courtroom
Josef Fritzl, charged with murder, rape and incest, covers his face as he arrives at the beginning of his trial in St. Polten, Austria. Fritzl is accused of locking his daughter in a basement for 24 years and fathering her seven children. He pleaded guilty to incest but insisted he was innocent of murder and enslavement charges as his trial opened today. (Getty Images)
Austria incest trial - Journalists
Journalists wait in line in front of the court building. The trial against Josef Fritzl started today. The 73-year-old Austrian imprisoned his daughter in a cellar for 24 years and fathered seven children with her. (Miguel Villagran / Getty Images)
Austria incest trial - Josef Fritzl
Josef Fritzl attempts to cover his face as he arrives at the courthouse. (Getty Images)
Austria incest trial - judge Andrea Humer
Judge Andrea Humer will preside over the trial. Fritzl pleaded guilty to incest but said he was innocent of murder and enslavement charges as his trial opened. Authorities say Fritzl imprisoned and raped daughter Elisabeth for 24 years in a cramped, windowless dungeon he built beneath the family’s home in Amstetten. Investigators say DNA tests show he fathered her six surviving children. Another child died in infancy, and that prompted the murder charge. (Getty Images)
Austria incest trial - doll
The Josef Fritzl case has drawn worldwide attention. At the court building, a demonstrator hoists a cross with dolls. (Miguel Villagran / Getty Images)
Austria incest trial - protest outside courtroom
Performance artists Iris Stromberger, left, and Patrick Huber make a visual statement in front of the Austrian court building. (Miguel Villagran / Getty Images)
Austria incest trial - auxiliary viewing
Journalists watch the Fritzl trial from a tent adjacent to the court building. (Miguel Villagran / Getty Images)
Austria incest trial - poster
Protesters and signs of protest were apparent all around the court building. (Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
Austria incest trial - Crime scene
Josef Fritzl’s house in Amstetten, Austria. In her opening statement, prosecutor Christiane Burkheiser said Fritzl descended to the basement room to rape his daughter in front of the children. Burkheiser said Fritzl didn’t talk to his daughter during her first few years in captivity and simply came down to the cellar to rape her. “Josef Fritzl used his daughter like his property,” Burkheiser said. (Miguel Villagran / Getty Images)
Austria incest trial - Josef Fritzl
Fritzl is shown in a police photo. He faces up to life in prison if convicted of murder. Incest, by contrast, is punishable by up to one year in prison. A verdict is possible as early as Thursday. (AFP / Getty Images)
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