Hard to keep up with the, five year long, Wlasiuk murder case so here is a breakdown of some of the key events.
April 3-4, 2002
Partricia J. Wlasiuk is murdered. Authorities estimate the time of death between the hours of 11 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.
April 8, 2002
Peter M. Wlasiuk is arrested By the Chenango County Sheriff Department for her murder. He is 33 years old at the time.
April 11, 2002
Grand Jury formally indicts Wlasiuk of a single count of Second Degree Murder.
November 6 to 21, 2002
The murder trial of Wlasiuk. District Attorney Joseph McBride calls 51 witnesses to the stand and Defense Attorney Fred Neroni calls seven. The closing arguments from the DA take one hour and 23 minutes, the defense takes two hours and three minutes.
November 21, 2002
Jury reaches a verdict of guilty after deliberating from 9:40 a.m. to 1:59 p.m., four hours and 19 minutes.
January 17, 2003
County Court Judge Sullivan sentences Wlasiuk to state prison (Attica) for 25 years to life.
January 23, 2003
Neroni files the appeal.
August 31, 2006
After over three years of waiting the case is appealed by The New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department for a “litany of errors.” The court sends the case back based on prejudice evidence being introduce at trail and finds some “merit” to the defendants claims of misconduct by the prosecution. Wlasuik who is now 37 is sent back to the Chenango County Correctional Facility for retrial.
September 22, 2006
Wlasiuk’ new defense attorney Randel Sharf, motions to have Judge Howard Sullivan recused from the retrial.
September 29, 2006
Sullivan removes himself from the case explaining he wished to avoid even the appearance of bias, even if none existed.
October 2, 2006
Administrative Judge Judith O’Shea of the 6th Judicial District appoints Broome County Court Judge Martin E. Smith to handle the case as acting Chenango County Court Judge.
June 22, 2007
After months of new preparation and hearings, Smith rules in favor of a defense motion seeking the dismissal of the indictment. The original indictment is dismissed because it contained some prejudice and irrelevant information. The ruling echoes the concerns of the original trial appeal and does not look favorably on some of the practices of the prosecution.
DA has to represent the case to the grand jury and the trial scheduled for later in the year may be moved back. Wlasiuk has not been released. He is now 38.