ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Opening statements began Wednesday in the trial of Seth Larson, the Irondequoit man accused of murdering his 37-year-old girlfriend Lisa Shuler in May of 2021.
Larson is currently being held on murder charges as well as two counts of concealment of a human corpse.
The prosecution opened up Wednesday by telling the jury they will without a doubt come to the conclusion that Larson killed Shuler. They say he dismembered her, leaving only her torso under a blue tarp in the backyard and disposing of her hands, feet, head and other parts in a pond.
The prosecution also said the home was splattered with Lisa’s blood, and someone had tried to dig a hole in the basement. They also said Larson withdrew money from his bank account, bought burner phones, and fled to West Virginia.
The defense said this investigation was limited, only focusing on Larson without looking into any other potential suspects.
On May 25, 2021, investigators found Shuler’s dismembered body outside her and Lawson’s residence on the 4300 block of Culver Road in Irondequoit, according to court documents.
A few days later, more of her remains were found near Durand Lake.
Larson was identified as a person of interest and was later caught in West Virginia by U.S. Marshals following “a weeks-long” search.
Nine jurors were seated Monday.
Larson’s last visit to court was in August to decide whether doorbell footage that was obtained was admissible, with no decision made.
During that August court date, prosecutors laid out what they’d identified as Larson’s murder plan. Officials said he had cleared his bank account and bought camping gear, burner phones, and maps that were eventually found in a West Virginia hotel Larson was staying in.
Out-of-state witnesses are expected to take the stand during the trial.
Shuler was known in the community for her work as an aspiring nurse at Rochester Regional Health. A tribute was set by staff members in June of last year to commemorate her triumphs.
Larson’s bail remains set at $1 million cash, 10 percent of $5 million partially secured surety bond, and a $2 million insurance company bail bond.