Jurors Selected In Stephen Scher Trial

By Gabe Osterhout

July 22, 2010 Updated Mar 3, 2008 at 5:39 PM EST

Jurors will be seated Tuesday to begin hearing the second murder trial for Stephen Scher.

He was a doctor in Susquehanna County who was once convicted of killing his friend, Martin Dillon.

But after a successful appeal, Scher is getting a new trial.

It took the court nearly 5 hours to pick a group of jurors to hear the case against Stephen Scher.

They will hear about a shooting that took place 3 decades ago.

And be asked to decide if it was an accident, or murder.

Stephen Scher remains in custody for his second trial on a charge of first degree murder.

Scher is accused of shooting and killing attorney Martin Dillon at a hunting camp in Silver Lake Township in 1976.

115 people were called to the Susquehanna County Courthouse in Montrose for jury selection.

They were asked if they or their family ever had a business or personal relationship with Scher or Dillon.

Also, if they had any prior knowledge of this case.

State Prosecutor Pat Blessington and Defense Attorney Joshua Lock also questioned jurors in judges chambers.

Patricia Scher stood by her husband during his first trial in 1997.

His attorney says they are now divorced.

Patricia was also Martin Dillon's widow, and married Scher just a few years after Dillon's death.

Scher originally claimed Dillion accidentally shot himself while running after a porcupine.

During the first trial, Scher said he told Dillon about the affair with Patricia.

Scher said the two men struggled over the gun and it accidentally fired.

Scher was convicted of murder.

But the Pennsylvania Superior Court threw out the guilty verdict.

It ruled the trial judge was wrong to dismiss an emotional juror during deliberations without questioning her.

Now, 12 women and 4 men have been picked to hear the case again.

They will find out Tuesday which will be jurors and which will be alternates, then testimony will begin.

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