Jury selection begins in NY murder trial of New Zealand man charged in wife’s slayingBy AP
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
New Zealand man on trial in NY in wife’s murder
ITHACA, N.Y. — Jury selection has begun in the murder trial of a New Zealand man charged with stabbing his wife to death on a New York park trail last year.
Blazej (BLAH’-zay) Kot is on trial in Ithaca for the slaying of 28-year-old Caroline Coffey, a postdoctoral researcher at Cornell University. Kot was a graduate student at the Ivy League school at the time of the slaying.
Authorities say Kot cut Coffey’s throat June 2 on a trail in an Ithaca-area state park. Police say the 25-year-old from Auckland set fire to the couple’s apartment to cover up the crime.
He was later found by state park police bleeding from a self-inflicted wound to his throat.
Jury selection continues Tuesday in Tompkins County Court.
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