Updated 09/03/2008 05:58 PM
Jury selected in murder retrial
CHENANGO COUNTY, N.Y. -- Eight men and four women sit on the jury as the murder retrial of Peter Wlasiuk gets underway. The Oxford native was convicted of second-degree murder back in 2002 for the death of his wife, Patricia.
In the first trial, Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride had accused Wlasiuk of suffocating her and then staging an accident by driving her truck into Guilford Lake. Wlasiuk said his wife was suffering from depression and deliberately drove into the water. He was found guilty and sentenced to 25 years in prison.
But citing a technicality in the original case, the verdict was thrown out by a state appellate court in 2006.
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DA McBride returns on the prosecution side. Wlasiuk will be represented by defense attorney, Randy Scharf. Some of the witnesses are expected to give testimony on infidelity and alleged domestic violence between the couple. Judge Martin Smith is presiding over the case and the trial is projected to last three to four weeks.