Jury selection underway in NBT Bank robbery case

By GARY LIBERATORE

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - July selection is underway at this hour in the case of Brian Brown. The 31 year-old from Utica is accused of robbing the NBT Bank in Rome last July, then shooting a sheriff's deputy in the foot following a car chase.

60 potential jurors were brought in Monday morning. Right now they are being questioned, and Judge Micheal Dwyer expected to have the 12 member jury seated early this afternoon, and opening arguments to begin right after.

Brown is now wearing a white shirt and jeans, instead of his orange jumpsuit. He is being held at the Oneida County Jail.

Brown faces a number of charges, the most serious, attempted aggravated murder for allegedly shooting Oneida County Sheriff's Deputy Micheal Burger in the ankle to back on July 29 of last year.

Brown is accused of robbing the NBT bank in Rome with his cousin Ikiko Brown.

Ikiko Brown pleaded guilty for his role in the crime, being the getaway driver, and was sentenced to 15 years in state prison back in November.

Ikiko Brown also got an additional 15 years for a separate armed robbery of the Bank of America in Utica last May, which Brian Brown is also on trial for in this case as well.

The trial is expected to last through Friday, possibly into next Monday. The prosecution has a list of at least 18 witnesses. Defense attorney John Leonard told the judge his only potential witness is Brian Brown himself, if he indeed decides to testify.

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