ITHACA, N.Y. — Opening statements are beginning around 9:15 a.m. Friday in the murder trial of Benjamin Cayea, who is accused of killing his girlfriend on Thanksgiving.

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A 12-person jury – comprised of eight men, four women and three female alternates — was selected Wednesday.

Cayea faces a second-degree murder charge after court records show that he allegedly confessed to strangling Shannon Jones last year.

Benjamin Cayea
Benjamin Cayea

Ithaca Voice Reporter Jolene Almendarez is covering the trial. She will be providing live updates of the case on Tuesday here:

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Jolene Almendarez

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