Jurors to resume deliberations Monday for man charged with two murders

December 15, 2017 06:23 PM

Deliberations resume on Monday morning in the Albany County murder trial of Edward Mero. He faces two counts of second-degree murder, accused of killing two women.

So far just read backs from the jury. Three of them since Friday morning. One was about the charges Mero is facing -- two murder charges and two charges of tampering with evidence.

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The jury also asked for Dr. Sicarica's testimony about his examination on one of the victims.

Lastly, they wanted a read back of the testimony of four witnesses -- an Albany police officer, a retired officer and two inmates.

The jury had been deliberating since Thursday afternoon. There's a lot to go through in order to make their decision.

There are two deaths in this case, one involving Mero's roommate, 23-year-old Megan Cunningham. Her body was found in a burned out home on Arcadia Avenue in Albany in January 2013. The second is a woman Mero admitted to having a sexual relationship with - 23 year-old Shelby Countermine. Her body was found in a shallow grave in Coeymans in the spring of 2015. She had been missing since December 2014, the day after police say she and Mero saw each other.

The defense says there's no DNA evidence, no forensic evidence connecting Mero to the deaths. They say prosecutors only have circumstantial evidence, not enough to convict Mero beyond a reasonable doubt.

Prosecutors say the circumstantial evidence is solid and in both deaths prosecutors say there are too many coincidences that put Mero at or near the victims around the time when they died -- and there are witnesses who either saw someone matching Mero's description or talked to Mero about the deaths. Their conclusion is that he's the only possible killer.

Mero faces 50 years to life if he's convicted.


WNYT Staff

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