Norwich man will get new trial in wife's death
NORWICH, N.Y. (AP) - An Upstate New York man whose conviction for killing his wife was overturned on appeal will go on trial for a second time beginning next week.
Judge Martin Smith on Monday rejected a public defender's request for an adjournment in the retrial. So jury selection will begin next Monday in Chenango County Court in the second-degree murder trial of 39-year-old Peter Wlasiuk.
Wlasiuk was convicted in 2003 of killing his wife, Patricia, and staging it to look like a traffic accident. He was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison but the conviction was overturned in 2006.
Wlasiuk initially told police his wife had swerved to avoid a deer and crashed into Guilford Lake, 65 miles southeast of Syracuse. Later, he told authorities she intentionally drove into the lake.
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