Opening Arguments Begin Thursday In Ithaca Murder Trial

By WBNG News

Opening Arguments Begin Thursday In Ithaca Murder Trial

July 22, 2010 Updated Mar 31, 2010 at 4:23 PM EST

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) 4 more jurors are seated in the murder trial of New Zealand native, Blazej Kot.

Jury selection for the case against the former Cornell student began Monday.

The 25 year old is charged with second degree murder.

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

Her body was found off a trail near Cass Park in Ithaca.

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

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

Opening arguments begin Thursday.

The trial is expected to last 2 weeks.

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