UTICA, N.Y. --- The Oneida County Courthouse is reporting that all 16 jurors (12 primaries, 4 alternates) have been selected for the Jason D'Avolio murder trial.
It's been 447 days since law enforcement discovered the body of Kerri lee D'Avolio in July of last year. Investigators, acting on the information provided by the suspect, first searched local dumpsters, then the western Oneida county waste disposal transfer station in Rome, and ultimately the ava landfill where Kerri Lee's body was found.
Police say the damage to her body because of the garbage process was severe. Once autopsy results found Kerri Lee suffered a gunshot wound to the back of the head, a grand jury indicted Jason D'Avolio and he was then charged with second-degree murder and concealment of a corpse.
D'avolio claims his wife killed herself and he pleaded not guilty to both charges.
After a number of hearings and court appearances, D'Avolio's trial was scheduled in March, but COVID-19 put those plans on hold.
The jury selected on Monday will ultimately be responsible for deciding if D'Avolio is innocent or guilty.
Our crews were not allowed to take video inside of the courtroom but said both the defense and prosecution spent the morning questioning the 39 prospective jurors ensuring they did not have any bias opinions regarding the case.
Opening arguments will begin in Judge Michael Dwyer's Courtroom tomorrow at 2PM. Due to COVID restrictions, a limited number of people will be allowed inside the courtroom.