Wlasiuk jury goes home for the night

NORWICH – There will be no verdict in the Peter Wlasiuk murder trial today.

Judge Martin Smith released the jury home to their families around 5:30 p.m., after nearly four hours of deliberations.

The jury will resume their discussions Friday morning.

Defense Attorney Randel Scharf and District Attorney Joseph McBride concluded their closing statements by 12:15 p.m. and the court recessed for 45 minutes before Judge Smith read the jury its charge, leaving them to their deliberations at the Chenango County Courthouse.

Wlasiuk, 39, is charged with second degree murder in the April 2002 death of his wife, Patricia. Prosecutors contend Wlasiuk killed his wife at their Oxford home and later staged a Guilford Lake, in which he claimed she drowned.

Six years ago, a Chenango County jury convicted Wlasiuk of second degree murder, but the New York State Appellate Division overturned that verdict on Aug. 31, 2006.

Testimony began Sept. 9 in the retrial with McBride calling 58 witnesses and the defense nine.

The first trial lasted from Nov. 6 -21, 2002. McBride called 51 witnesses to the stand and Defense Attorney Fred Neroni called seven.

The original jury deliberated for four hours and 19 minutes before reaching a verdict of guilty. County Court Judge Sullivan sentenced Wlasiuk to state prison for 25 years to life, the maximum, on Jan. 17, 2003.

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