Jury selection for DeSisti homicide trial postponed again
Jury selection for the criminal homicide trial of John DeSisti has been postponed again.
Jury selection for the trial, which was scheduled to begin on April 23, had been postponed until Monday, April 30. However, jury selection for the trial did not take place on Monday, said Bradford County Sheriff Clinton "C.J." Walters.
The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office, which is prosecuting the case, on Monday referred questions about the timetable for jury selection to Bradford County District Court Administrator Mary Lou Vanderpool. However, Vanderpool was not available for comment late Monday afternoon.
DeSisti, of Waverly, N.Y., has been charged by the Attorney General's Office with two counts of murder in connection with the deaths of David and Carol Keeffe.
DeSisti is accused of having entered David and Carol Keeffe's home in Athens Township in November 2006, and killing them with a shotgun. A grand jury investigation conducted into the case revealed that DeSisti and Carol Keeffe, who are cousins, were involved in a property dispute in New York state at the time of the killings, in which DeSisti was reported to have built a house on property owned by Carol Keeffe. This and other evidence presented at the hearing led to a recommendation by the grand jury in September 2010 to file charges against DeSisti in connection with the Keeffes' deaths. DeSisti, 74, has remained incarcerated since his arrest on the murder charges in December 2010.
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