Van Deusen re-trial delayed

NORWICH – Tammi Van Deusen’s second murder trial was scheduled to begin March 19, but has been postponed for over a month. Jury selection will now begin on April 30.

Broome County Judge Martin E. Smith told Van Deusen’s attorney Randel Scharf that he had “serious concern” over the defense using “dilatory tactics to avoid going to trial.” Despite the warnings, Smith agreed to move the trial date.

Smith also moved the murder re-trial of Peter M. Wlasuik, who is also represented by Scharf, in order to avoid having back-to-back murder trials.

Van Deusen, who was 24 when sentenced in 2001, had pleaded guilty to first degree robbery for her role in a drug-related murder. She was one of five defendants convicted in connection to the July 17, 2000 murder of Edward Pastore Jr., that took place at Pastore’s 118 Lewis Road home.

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