Eleven jurors seated in first day of Wlasiuk retrial

NORWICH – Of the 16 jurors needed for Peter M. Wlasiuk’s murder retrial, 11 were seated during the first day of jury selection Tuesday.

Jury selection continued this morning at the Chenango County Courthouse. Wlasiuk, 37, is charged with second degree murder in the April 2002 slaying of his wife, Patricia, in Oxford.

The court will select five more jurors from the 150 scheduled to appear today. A total of 12 jurors and four alternates are needed in order to fill the panel.

Only 87 of the 150 requested jurors appeared on Tuesday, many deferring their notices via Internet or phone, Court Clerk Catherine A. Schell reported. Of those who appeared, 24 were excused for personal hardship and then 34 of the remaining 63 said they could not overcome their personal prejudices. The judge asked the panel who among them had not heard of the Wlasiuk case prior to being summoned, and only four raised their hands.

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