Judge Warns Jurors in Wlasiuk Trial: Day Two

By Lindsay Nielsen

Judge Warns Jurors in Wlasiuk Trial: Day Two

June 8, 2012 Updated Jun 8, 2012 at 5:13 PM EDT

Norwich, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Jurors were let out of court early but not without a stern warning Friday.

It's day two of testimony in the trial of Peter Wlasiuk, who is accused of killing his wife Patricia in 2002.

Two previous convictions were thrown out on appeal.

Jurors were released early on Friday, after Judge Joseph Cawley warned that they are strictly forbidden from talking about the case to anyone or posting anything about it on social media.

When asked if any jurors had mentioned the trial on social media, Cawley said, "Nothing I'm going to comment on."

Jury behavior is crucial for a third trial, after errors caused the first two convictions to be overturned.

It's been more than ten years since Patricia Wlasiuk died.

All of the witnesses that have testified so far have struggled to answer certain questions because they say they could not remember.

The prosecution used a witness to try to dispel the defense's claim that Guilford Lake site was not properly secured.

One woman who lived near Guilford Lake where Patricia's body was recovered, told jurors she heard a truck door slam shortly before it is said to have gone into the lake.

But the defense tried to highlight her previous testimony from 2008 and point out discrepancies from what she told jurors Friday.

The defense did the same during the testimony of a member of the Chenango County Sheriff's office who was called to the scene, claiming in a previous trial he said Peter was shivering and shaking while soaking wet, but Friday he testified Peter was just wet and cold.

The trial continues Monday morning.