- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - Jury selection resumes Friday in the trial of a northeastern Pennsylvania man charged in the strangulation deaths of a drug-dealing pharmacist and the pharmacist’s girlfriend.

Forty-one-year-old Hugo Selenski is charged with killing Michael Kerkowski and Tammy Fassett in 2002 and burying their bodies in his yard. Court documents say Selenski stole tens of thousands of dollars that Kerkowski had given to his father for safekeeping.

Kerkowski was reported missing after he failed to show up for his sentencing for selling painkillers without prescriptions.

Selenski has pleaded innocent. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

The first two jurors were seated Thursday.

Authorities found at least five sets of human remains in Selenski’s yard in 2003. Selenski was acquitted in 2006 of killing two other people but convicted of abusing their corpses.


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