Updated 07/11/2012 05:58 PM
Witness testimony begins in Chaplin murder trial
Scott Chaplin is on trial, accused of murdering Rosemary Crosier in 1994. A full jury was seated Tuesday and opening statements took place Wednesday. Our Erin Connolly was in court and joined us with the latest.
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TROY, N.Y. -- The prosecution begins its case in the Scott Chaplin murder trial. He's the man accused of beating Rosemary Crosier to death back in 1994.
First on the witness stand was Cindy Pross. She was the shift supervisor at the group home before Crosier came into work the night she was murdered. Pross testified she had taken out the trash and put away all the cleaning supplies away before leaving for the night. The special prosecutor says cleaning supplies were out when police arrived at the crime scene, including a roll of paper towels with bite marks in them. Prosecutors say the DNA on the paper towels matched Chaplin.
The defense questioned Cindy Pross about the color of the paper towels and if she knew the inventory of the cleaning supplies for the home. She did not.
As part of his opening statements, the defense attorney told jurors Chaplin's bite marks and DNA were at the crime scene but were left there earlier because he was having an affair with an older woman and he had told police he wasn't there because he was embarrassed about the affair.
The case is expected to last two to three weeks.