AUBURN — The trial of a Lewiston man charged with killing a neighbor whose body has never been found has started with different versions of what happened.

Buddy Robinson has pleaded not guilty to murder in the killing of Christiana Fesmire, who disappeared in July 2011. They lived in different units of the same building

Prosecutors said in opening statements Tuesday that the case is an “extremely sad story” laced with three “great modern American obsessions: sex, drugs and murder.”

The Sun Journal reports that prosecutors say Robinson beat and drowned the 22-year-old Fesmire, then dumped her body in a wooded area.

But defense attorney Edward Dilworth countered that there’s no direct or physical evidence connecting his client to Fesmire’s death and he points to an alternate suspect — Robinson’s sister.

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