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Aaron Powell Trial Jury Selection Could Continue Into Next Week

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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.

Thursday in Broome County Court started out with a worker offering up activity pages and word searches to a group of prospective jurors, something she said she felt was the least she could do for this group who have been sitting in the courtroom for two days now, waiting to learn if they'll be sworn in for the Aaron Powell re-trial.

Jury selection for the double-murder trial has been going on since Monday and is on the second pool of over 100 jurors. Six jurors were sworn in on Tuesday, but there have been no more added to the panel since then. 

Testimony in the case was expected to begin on Monday or Tuesday of next week, but as it sits, prospective jurors may be returning for more questioning on Monday, pushing opening statements back farther. 

Powell is accused of murdering his estranged wife Christina Powell and Mario Masciarelli in 2013. The crime and Powell's eventual conviction made headlines through 2013 and 2014. On Monday, when a room full of prospective jurors was asked if they had heard of this case, all but a handful raised their hands. It's that amount that answered "yes" to that questions or "yes" to knowing any of the individuals on the witness list who have been called one by one into the jury room to be questioned behind closed doors, making the process take longer. 

That 2014 conviction was appealed and overturned by an appellate court due to a conflict of interest with a juror. 

Jury selection will continue Friday in Broome County Court.