Five jurors chosen for Aaron Powell trial

By Haley Burton
By Kelly McCarthy

July 10, 2014 Updated Jul 10, 2014 at 7:18 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Jury selection began Thursday in Broome County Court in the double murder trial of Aaron Powell.

Five of the 12 jurors were chosen Thursday to sit on the trial.

It was a long day of questioning in court for all parties involved. The day started with about 75 potential jurors in the courtroom.

Judge Joseph Cawley started questioning by asking if anyone has heard about this case, or knows anyone involved. Nearly everyone raised a hand.

The judge, along with lawyers from both sides, spent hours having one-on-one conversations with each person to determine if they could still participate.

Nearly 45 potential jurors remained as questioning continued. The next round focused more on the jurors background and personal relationships in the community.

The defendant, 40-year-old Aaron Powell, is charged with two counts of murder in the second degree and one charge of murder in the first degree.

He is accused of the March 2013 murders of his estranged wife, Christina Powell, 35, and her friend, Mario Masciarelli, 24.

The two victims were found dead in Christina Powell's home on Lisi Lane in the Town of Binghamton.

Aaron Powell was arrested after being on the run for four days. He was taken into custody in the Montrose area.

Powell was not present in the courtroom. Judge Cawley explained to potential jurors that all defendants have the choice to be present or absent during any point of their trial.

The remaining seven jurors will be chosen Friday in Broome County Court.

Judge Cawley gave potential jurors a timeline of what the criminal case demands. The trial is scheduled to last two full weeks with opening arguments starting Monday, July 14.