The trial is getting underway for Christian Patterson, the man charged with killing Oneida County Sheriff's Deputy Kurt Wyman. Monday was spent picking jurors for the trial. Judge Barry Donalty, the prosecution, and defense spent a good amount time questioning potential jurors. Among those questions, the defense asked jurors if they would feel any pressure during the trial with law enforcement officers present. Because of the nature of the case, it's expected that many law enforcement officers will be attending for the duration of the trial.
Christian Patterson is charged with aggravated murder with the intent to cause death of Sheriff's Deputy Kurt Wyman. He's also charged with attempted murder involving two other officials, criminal possession of a weapon, and harassment.
Deputy Wyman was shot back in June as officials attempted to take Patterson into custody. Patterson was involved in a domestic incident prior to a six hour standoff with officials, which led to the death of Deputy Wyman.
Deputy Wyman joined the sheriff's office in 2007. He was serving as a patrol deputy at the sheriff's Waterville field office. Deputy Wyman is survived by his wife, two children, parents, and sister.