Accused murderer Tristan Wolusky and his attorneys walk out of Strafford County Superior Court Wednesday

Sep 2, 2015 7:41 PM

Jury selection in Madbury teen murder trial could take 3 weeks

DOVER - It may not be until the middle to end of October before we find out the fate of Tristan Wolusky, who is accused of murdering Madbury teen Aaron Wilkinson for drugs and money last year.

Jury selection started Wednesday, and is expected to continue through next week, possibly going until Sept. 22, according to Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley.

Hinckley said this is not unusual in first-degree murder trials.

"Nothing's set in stone. However long it takes to pick a jury is however long it takes to pick a jury," he said at lunchtime.

Wolusky and two co-conspirators allegedly drove to Aaron Wilkinson's house on June 21, 2014, and stabbed him to death during a robbery for money and drugs. The state claims Wolusky lured the teen outside, and helped to hold him down, when he wasn't stabbing him.

Wilkinson died from 22 stab wounds. Two knives and a machete were used to kill him, according to prosecutors.

After the gruesome robbery, Wolusky and his co-conspirators, Zachary Pinette, of Springvale, Maine, and Michael Tatum of Barrington got away with very little money. To cover up their crime, they allegedly drove Wilkinson's bloody body to Maine, where they dumped it along a rural road.

In addition to first- and second-degree murder charges, Wolusky faces charges of falsifying physical evidence, conspiracy to commit robbery, hindering apprehension or prosecution, witness tampering and conspiracy to tamper with witnesses. Wolusky and his co-conspirators allegedly super glued their fingers to avoid leaving fingerprints, and took off their shoes to avoid leaving tracks.

Earlier this year, Wolusky tried to send messages through a friend to Tatum. Both he and Pinette are expected to testify against him at trial.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Wolusky will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Hinckley says they are just two of the three dozen people that could be called to testify during the trial.

Follow Kimberley Haas on Twitter @KHaasNH1.


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