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Tristan Wolusky leaves Courtroom 2 at Strafford County Superior Court last week

Sep 8, 2015 7:36 PM

Jury selection continues for Madbury teen accused of stabbing peer to death


DOVER - Jury selection continues in the Tristan Wolusky murder trial.

Wolusky, of Rochester, is accused of stabbing Madbury teen Aaron Wilkinson to death on June 21, 2014. He and two co-conspirators, Zachary Pinette, of Springvale, Maine, and Michael Tatum, of Barrington, went to Wilkinson's house in the middle of the night. They allegedly tried to rob him, thinking he would have drugs and money on him, but got away with very little cash.

The trio allegedly dumped Wilkinson's body, which was stabbed 22 times with knives and a machete, alongside a rural road in Maine.

Pinette and Tatum have pleaded guilty to their involvement in the crime, and are expected to testify against Wolusky, during his trial.

An official at Strafford County Superior Court told NH1 News Tuesday that individual voir dire is scheduled for this entire week.

Last week, Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley said he expects jury selection to take up to three weeks, and that is not unusual for first-degree murder trials.

Hinckley projects Wolusky may not learn his fate until mid- to late-October, as three dozen witnesses may be called to testify.

It is uncertain whether or not Wolusky will take the stand in his own defense. He has no obligation to, and the jury may not hold it against him if he offers no defense.

Follow Kimberley Haas on Twitter @KHaasNH1.


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