Jury selected for Aaron Powell trial

By Haley Burton
By Kelly McCarthy

July 11, 2014 Updated Jul 13, 2014 at 12:19 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Seven jurors and three alternates were selected in Broome County Court Friday for the double murder trial of Aaron Powell.

Five jurors were seated on Thursday, totaling twelve jurors and three alternates.

Aaron Powell is facing two charges of murder in the second degree, and one count murder in the first degree.

He's accused of killing his estranged wife Christina Powell, 35, and her friend, Mario Masciarelli, 24.

Judge Joseph Cawley along with defense and prosecution attorneys agreed on 11 jurors between yesterday and this morning but they exhausted the first jury pool and had to summon an 20 additional people this afternoon.

District Attorney Gerald Mollen and Defense Attorney Tom Kline asked the jurors questions relating to their personal history, if they watch crime shows on TV and whether it bothered them that Powell wasn't in the courtroom for jury selection.

12 jurors and three alternates were selected to hear the case.

Opening arguments in Aaron Powell's trial will begin Monday morning.