ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Jury selection in the Kelvin Vickers trial continues into Tuesday in Monroe County Court as one of the seven jurors that were initially seated was discharged.
A News 8 crew at the courtroom says that one of them was dismissed due to work issues. The total number of jurors is currently six.
The 22-year-old from Boston is accused of killing Rochester Police Officer Anthony Mazurkiewicz and injuring Mazurkiewicz’s partner, Officer Sino Seng, amid a marijuana turf war last summer.
A 15-year-old girl was also hit by a stray bullet.
Officers Mazurkiewicz and Seng were in an unmarked police van as part of a surveillance detail watching for potential retaliation when they were shot.
Investigators said police found Vickers hiding in a vacant home near the scene.
District Attorney Sandra Doorley, in her weekly newsletter on Friday, notes the trial is expected to last about four to five weeks once underway.
Vickers is facing murder, attempted murder and weapons charges, along with arson.
Doorley also states the prosecution will argue Vickers is responsible for the murder of MyJel Rand and Richard Collinge who were killed in a triple-shooting that left a third man injured hours before the Bauman Street shooting.
The Rochester Police Locust Club released a statement as the trial begins, asking for the privacy and respect of the Mazurkiewicz and Seng families:
“As the trial of Kelvin Vickers begins, the Rochester Police Locust Club requests privacy and respect for the Mazurkiewicz and Seng families during this process. Vickers is accused of fatally shooting Rochester Police Officer Anthony Mazurkiewicz and the attempted murder of Officer Sino Seng last year. The union and families will not have further comment until the trial has concluded.”
The two other suspects in that triple-shooting will be tried at a later date.