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Jury Selection Begins For Second Aaron Powell Double Murder Trial

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Aaron Powell confers with his lawyer during his 2014 murder trial. Aaron Powell confers with his lawyer during his 2014 murder trial.

Jury selection has started for the re-trial of a Binghamton double-murder case. On Monday morning, Judge Joseph Cawley's courtroom was packed with a jury pool called into Broome County Court for Aaron Powell's second trial. When Cawley says, "How many of you have heard about some aspect of this case," the entire room except for a handful of potential jurors raised their hands. 

Powell is accused of a killing his estranged wife Christina Powell and Mario Masciarelli inside the Powells' Lisi Lane home in 2013. Police forced entry into the home after receiving calls from concerned family members. When they discovered the house was the scene of a homicide, police named Powell as their person of interest. Police tracked down and arrested Powell in Pennsylvania. In 2014 a jury found him guilty of murder and he was sentenced to life in prison. That conviction was overturned by an appellate court in 2017 due to a conflict of interest with a juror on the case. This time around, the court is putting the jury pool of around 100 through thorough questioning. 

First, Cawley heard from all the jurors who said they felt they couldn't complete jury duty for various reasons. After that, he read off a list of names associated with the case and asked jurors who knew or recognized those names to speak with him. That's all standard, but something that doesn't happen for every trial is jurors getting pulled one at a time behind closed doors to be questioned in private. 

One day into the trial and not a single juror has been seated. The jury selection for Powell's first trial took a day and a half according to Fox 40's archive. The process will continue Tuesday morning in Broome County Court with potential jurors answering questions from the prosecution and defense attorneys.