Third Wlasiuk murder trial gets underway; four jurors seated on day one

NORWICH – Despite a packed courtroom, only four jurors were seated Monday as jury selection began in the third trial of accused murderer Peter M. Wlasiuk.

Approximately two-thirds of those present were dismissed prior to the remaining 23 prospective jurors being addressed and questioned by Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride and Wlasiuk’s attorney, Mark Loughran of Binghamton.

A handful of those in attendance were excused because they admitted they’d already formed an opinion in the case against Wlasiuk, who is accused of murdering his wife Patricia in 2002 and attempting to cover up the crime by driving his truck into Guilford Lake.

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