Jury Selection Begins In Trial of Aaron Powell
7/10/2014 (Updated 6:51:16 PM)Jury selection began Thursday in the trial of Aaron Powell, who is accused of killing his estranged wife and her friend in the Town of Binghamton in 2013. Our Ayla Ferrone was in court and has more.
40-year-old Aaron Powell is being tried on one count of first degree murder and two counts or second degree murder after police found his estranged wife and another man dead last year.
Police say 35 year Christina Powell was strangled with an electrical cord and 24 year old Mario Masciarelli was beaten to death.
Both were found in Christina Powell's home on Lisi Lane in March of 2013.
According to police, Aaron and Christina Powell had been separated for a few months after a 7-year marriage. On Thursday nearly one hundred potential jurors filled Judge Joseph Cawley's courtroom for evaluation.
Many were dismissed for various reasons including having already formed an opinion on the case. Aaron Powell was not in the courtroom Thursday.
Judge Cawley made it clear to potential jurors that the defendant has the right to choose to be present or not at any time during the trial and that they should not use his absence as proof or evidence of guilt.
Friday is currently set aside for additional jury selection, if necessary. The trial is set to begin on Monday and Judge Cawley estimates it will take about two weeks.
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