UTICA,N.Y.-- Andre Anderson, the man accused of stabbing and killing his grandmother, Freddie Mckinney and setting her home on fire, his trial began on Monday.
Jury selection started promptly at 9:30 am at the Oneida County courthouse. 65 perspective jurors, summoned to begin their civic duty. The defense, as well as the prosecution, then began the lengthy task of trying to narrow down the 65 candidates to the 12 needed for the trial to begin.
Both the prosecution and the defense asked the candidates questions to try and narrow down any who may have a bias for or against the case. The prosecution also placed the potential jurors in certain scenarios to see how they would decide. Would they favor one way or the other?
At around 2:00 PM the court had their Jury and the trial began immediately. Starting with opening statements from the prosecution and the defense.
The prosecution went first;
"The evidence will prove that Freddie Mckinney was murdered by her own grandson, the defendant Andre Jordan Anderson. The very same grandson that she loved and gave a home to," said Michael Colluza, the Oneida County First Assistant Attorney.
The defense then began by saying that they do not deny that a violent argument took place at the apartment between Anderson and his grandmother, but questioned how the fire was started.
"The issue is how did the fire start? How did the petroleum distillate, the petroleum solution, get dispersed throughout the house. There is clearly a violent argument between Ms. McKinney and Andre Anderson. Mr. Anderson has indicated that he did not intend to start the fire, he did not intend to kill his grandmother. Who he resided with," said Anderson's Defense Attorney, Kurt Schultz.
The trial will resume on Tuesday at 9:45 where evidence will be presented to the jury.