updated 1/22/2009 8:09:50 AM ET 2009-01-22T13:09:50

The trial of a man who allegedly held his daughter captive for 24 years and fathered her seven children will begin March 16, a court official said Thursday.

Franz Cutka, a court official in the eastern Austrian city of St. Poelten, said he was hopeful Josef Fritzl's trial will be over within a week.

Prosecutors charged Fritzl in November with murder for refusing to arrange medical treatment for the seventh child, who died in infancy.

He also faces charges of rape, incest, false imprisonment and enslavement.

Investigators say Fritzl has confessed to imprisoning and raping his daughter Elisabeth — now in her 40s — in soundproofed, windowless cellar rooms he built beneath his home starting in 1984, shortly after she turned 18.

The crime became known in April.

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