Opening statements begin in Hamlin double murder trial

March 21, 2019 07:37 PM

HAMLIN, N.Y. (WHEC) -- Opening statements in the case against a man accused of murdering two young men in Hamlin last fall began Thursday.

Deputies say Mason Earle shot and killed Alexander Burrow and Bruce Kane. Their bodies were found in a burned out car last September.

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After opening statements, the first witness was called to the stand and sworn in. Monroe County Sheriff Deputy Eric Perkins was the first to arrive on the scene of these brutal murders.

Perkins says he secured that scene immediately to make sure no evidence was tainted. He says he arrived to see Kane's scorched Ford Focus with Kane in the driver's seat and Burrow outside the car shot and burned.

The jury saw pictures of the crime scene and the burned bodies.

In opening statements, prosecutors say Earle owed Burrow money but they didn't go into details about how much and what for.

Prosecutors say, at the time of the crime, Earle was supposed to meet Burrow to exchange the money owed.

So what was Kane's role in all this?

"Well the truth is, I believe the evidence will prove is by all account Bruce Kane didn't have anything to do with what happened that Sunday night, he was simply in the car with Alex Burrow who was the driver, if you will and he was in the truest sense of the phrase simply a victim of circumstance," said Matt Schwartz, prosecutor. 

Investigators have already said they believe this crime was a marijuana deal gone wrong.

The trial is scheduled to continue Friday as more witnesses will be put on the stand.


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