UPDATE: Trial begins for man charged in Hamlin double murder

March 18, 2019 11:02 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) - Jury selection is underway in the trial of the man accused of a double murder in Hamlin.

As of Monday evening, four jurors have been selected. 

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Deputies say 19-year-old Mason Earle confessed to shooting and killing 20-year-old Alexander Burrow and 18-year-old Bruce Kane. He's charged with first-degree murder and arson.

Burrow and Kane were found in a burned out car on King Street in Hamlin last September. 

Deputies tell us Earle knew the victims and think this is related to a marijuana deal gone wrong. All three graduated from Brockport High School. 

"At this point, our client maintains his innocence and we look forward to moving toward this trial. Today we spent the first part of it doing jury selection. I think we're going to spend one more day doing jury selection and then I think we'll probably do opening arguments on Wednesday," said Paul Guerrieri, Earle's attorney.

"We're looking for 12 people who can promise us that they'll listen to the evidence, evaluate it, listen to the judge's instructions, apply the law to the facts of the case and render a fair and impartial verdict," said Matthew Schwartz, chief of the Special Investigations Bureau.

If convicted, Earle faces life in prison without parole. 

Jury selection will continue Tuesday. 


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