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Jury selection starts in NY man's double homicide trial

Jury selection is underway for an upstate New York man charged with fatally shooting two people and wounding a third in a Finger Lakes village last summer.

Posted: Dec. 1, 2018 7:16 AM

WATERLOO, N.Y. (AP) - Jury selection is underway for an upstate New York man charged with fatally shooting two people and wounding a third in a Finger Lakes village last summer.

Emerson "John" Tohafjian (toh-HAHF'-gee-in), of Varick, was charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of 45-year-old Charlie Andrus, of Seneca Falls, and 53-year-old Lori McConnell at Karen Zdunko's village of Waterloo apartment on the night of July 10.

Zdunko, Andrus' girlfriend, was also shot but survived. McConnell was Tohafjian's ex-girlfriend.

Police said was the 48-year-old Tohafjian was hiding in bushes outside the apartment when the women were dropped off by a taxi. Authorities say he followed them inside and shot all three with a shotgun.

Tohafjian was taken into custody the next day at a nearby campground.

Jury selection began Friday morning in Seneca County Court in Waterloo.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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