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Court documents reveal new details in the murder case of Edward Mero

November 28, 2017 06:53 PM

Edward Mero is accused of killing two women: Megan Cunningham and Shelby Countermine.

In January 2013, the body of 23-year-old Megan Cunningham was found in a house on Arcadia Avenue in Albany after a fire. She was Mero's roommate.  

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The next year, 23-year-old Shelby Countermine went missing in December 2014.  A jogger discovered her body in Coeymans the next May. She was found buried in a shallow grave, in an access area controlled by the water department.  Mero worked for that department.

Records show he told police he had a sexual relationship with Shelby and last saw her at his house on December 3.

Police say he told them, "I don't think I killed her...  I don't know, I don't know.  As far as when she was leaving I don't know what happened.  I don't know if she fell down when she was leaving the house and, I don't know."

And later, "But it's just like right now, like I kind of, like I put the weight of the world on my shoulders sometimes.  After my roommate died, I blamed myself for six months, I couldn't look myself in the mirror for six months after that."

Investigators say he told them he worried about the discovery of Countermine all weekend, but that the tone of the interview changed abruptly when they pointed out that that would have been before they had released the victim's identity.

Court records also include a statement from an inmate who says Mero told him, "I did the second one, but not the first."   

Jury selection is set to begin Wednesday, with opening statements Monday morning.

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Kumi Tucker

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