Powell's letter to son: 'Daddy loved mommy'

By Haley Burton
By Kelly McCarthy

July 14, 2014 Updated Jul 16, 2014 at 11:29 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Shortly after killing his estranged wife, attorneys say Aaron Powell wrote a letter to his young son, assuring him of his parents love for him and each other.

Police investigators later found the letter in the basement of the Lisi Lane home where the brutal killings occurred. The letter was placed on a table next to a cord roped across the ceiling with a noose at one end.

It read: "To Sergio Powell, daddy and mommy loves you so much. Keep playing hockey and scoring with that hot stick. You're my little ace. Daddy loved mommy so much." The note also references Powell's daughter, saying "Daddy loved you so much and you are so beautiful."

Aaron Powell was not in Broome County Court Monday for opening statements. It was the third time he was absent since jury selection started Thursday.

Powell is charged with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder.

Powell's defense attorney, Tom Cline, gave an opening statement that lasted approximately three minutes.

During that time, Cline told jurors the case is a complicated puzzle, and that they would not hear any confessions or hear from any eyewitnesses.

Cline said he believes jurors will have at least a reasonable doubt that Aaron Powell killed his estranged wife, Christina Powell and her friend Mario Masciarelli by the trial's conclusion.

Broome County District Attorney Gerald Mollen delivered a lengthy opening statement, lasting about 40 minutes and detailing the events he said led to the twin killings.

Mollen told jurors they would see photos of the victims that show their wounds were intended to kill. Jurors would also see surveillance photos and cell phone records that would prove it was Aaron Powell who was responsible for the murders.

Mollen also detailed a timeline for jurors, starting with the night before Christina and Mario were killed. The two went out on a date to the Airport Inn, and prosecutors argue Powell went out that night in search of Christina.

Mollen said Powell followed the two back to Christina's home on Lisi Lane in the Town of Binghamton. Powell entered the home and found the two in the upstairs master bedroom, fully clothed. Mollen told jurors Powell first killed Masciarelli by beating him several times in the head with a baseball bat. Then he took Christina down to the basement and strangled her with an electrical cord.

Witness testimony will continue Tuesday in Broome County Court with Sgt. Matthew Zandy, of the Binghamton Police Department Crime Scene Unit. While the case was handled by the Broome County Sheriff's Office, they had the help of several other agencies during the course of the investigation.