Several jurors selected in trial of man accused of stabbing ex-girlfriend in Troy

Several jurors seated in Walton trial

The crowd was whittled down to four jurors who were selected late today just before court adjourned.

Several jurors were seated Monday in the case of the man accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend in Troy. Zymeir Walton is on trial for attempted murder in the November 2022 stabbing, which took place in the parking lot of Hudson Valley Community College. Both the suspect and victim attended school there.

Jury selection began Monday with 114 prospective jurors at the Rensselaer County Courthouse. Judge Debra Young questioned the large group of jurors before the court began questioning a group in the jury box around 3:30 p.m. 

Four jurors were selected just before court adjourned for the day.  

Defense Attorney Jasper Mills told potential jurors they might hear “ugly words” during the trial and an individual who testifies might be crying. 

He told them he wanted to make sure they look at the evidence and not convict Walton because they feel bad for the alleged victim and that they must understand the seriousness of the charges leveled against his client. 

The stabbing left Walton’s ex-girlfriend severely injured. Walton has claimed he acted in self-defense. He was seated in court in a blue dress shirt. NewsChannel 13’s camera was not inside for jury selection. 

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Garrett Barmore. Jury selection continues at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday.