Colegrove Jury Selection

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 12, 2009 at 9:01 PM EDT

Potential jurors are called to hear a death penalty case in Bradford County.

32 year old Steven Colegrove of Deposit is charged in connection with the shooting deaths of his parents and brother.

Action News reporter Gabe Osterhout was at the courthouse in Towanda.

He joins us from the newsroom.


More than 75 people were called to the Bradford County Courthouse as potential jurors in the case against Steven Colegrove.

One by one, they were questioned by both attorneys and the judge.

A process that will continue until a jury of 12 has been picked.

32 year old Steven Colegrove, seen here entering the Bradford County Courthouse for a preliminary hearing in 2007.

On August 8th of that year, Colegrove's mother, father and brother were found dead in their home in Tuscarora Township.

The coroner said all three died of shotgun wounds to the head.

Investigators believe Colegrove killed all 3 so he could collect benefits on a life insurance policy.

He faces 12 charges, including 3 counts of criminal homicide, first degree murder, second degree murder, and third degree murder.

Prosecutor Daniel Barrett expects jury selection for this case to last about a week.

Testimony in the trial could then start Monday, and last about 2 weeks.

Barrett says he has 25 or more potential witnesses to put on the stand.

Meanwhile, defense attorneys are still trying to get the case moved out of Bradford County.

They say the publicity of the case will make it difficult to find a fair and impartial jury.

Barrett says if Colegrove is convicted of first degree murder, he will seek the death penalty.

Colegrove has previously pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Live in the newsroom tonight, I'm Gabe Osterhout.

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