Kot Murder Trial Jury Selection Underway

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Mar 30, 2010 at 6:10 PM EDT

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) 8 jurors have been seated so far to hear the murder case against a former Cornell student accused of killing his wife.

Jury selection for the trial of Blazej Kot began Monday.

Action News Reporter Leigh Dana tells us what questions are involved in picking a jury in Tompkins County Court.

Attorneys have been questioning potential jurors all day, prior to making a final selection for the murder trial of New Zealand native Blazej Kot.

The 25 year old sits inside the court room with a grim look on his face.

Kot is charged with 2nd degree murder.

He's accused of killing his 28 year old wife, Carolyn Coffee last June.

Her body was found along a trail running through Cass Park in Ithaca.

Police say Kot tried to cover up the crime by setting fire the couple's home.

Kot was found later by State Police, bleeding from what appeared to be a self inflicted wound to his throat.

The couple married in 2008 and were both studying at Cornell University.

Tuesday, Assistant District Attorney, Andrew McElwee and Defense Attorney Joe Joch, spent the day asking potential jurors what they would look for in emotional disturbance and whether they'd be partial to experts commenting on Kot's mental health.

4 more jurors and 4 alternates still need to be seated.

Judge John Rowley is hearing the trial, which is expected to last 2 weeks.

In Ithaca, Leigh Dana, WBNG TV Action News.

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