Still no verdict for man charged with two murders

December 18, 2017 05:46 PM

ALBANY - The jury wrapped up Monday without a verdict in a double-murder trial in Albany County. They got the case against Edward Mero late last week.

There were just two read backs on Monday -- testimony from the medical examiner about one of the victims and two fire investigators in the case.

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Edward Mero is accused of killing his 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 alleged murder is a woman Mero admitted to having a sexual relationship with – 23-year-old Shelby Countermine. She went missing in December 2014, the day after police say she and Mero saw each other. Her body was found in a shallow grave in Coeymans in the spring of 2015.

It seems like jurors are going case by case based on the read backs.

They heard three separate read backs on Friday. First was the charges against Mero -- two murder charges and two charges of tampering with evidence. Then, they spent more than an hour listening to the testimony of four witnesses. They also listened to another testimony from the medical examiner. Most of it was focused on the death of Countermine.

However, the read backs on Monday were focused on Megan Cunningham. It's not exactly clear what the jurors are looking for.

Mero is looking at 50 years in prison if convicted of the charges.

Deliberations resume at 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning.


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