The murder trial of Emerson “John” Tohafjian, who is accused of killing two people in a Waterloo apartment house this summer, resumed today.
The trial, which started a week ago Friday with jury selection, was suspended when the pool of candidates was exhausted before 12 jurors and three alternates could be picked. More potential jurors will be brought in today, with opening statements scheduled tomorrow morning. 11 jurors have been chosen, the remaining juror and three alternates are expected to be picked today.
Tohafjian faces charges of first- degree murder, assault, burglary, intimidating a victim or witness, criminal use of a firearm, and criminal contempt. Those charges stem from the July 10th shootings that killed his ex-girlfriend, Lori McConnell, and Chuck Andrus at a Virginia Street apartment house in Waterloo. Karen Zdunko, Andrus’ girlfriend, was injured in the shooting. Seneca County District Attorney Barry Porsch said a large amount of pretrial publicity likely played a role in not being able to seat a jury.
Acting Seneca County Judge Rick Healy is presiding over the trial.