SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) More than four years after a federal corrections officer was killed on the job in Wayne County his accused murderer is on trial. Jurors started getting a look at the evidence today against Jesse Con-Ui at the federal courthouse in Scranton. Eyewitness News Reporter Eric Deabill has our story.
Family, friends and fellow corrections officers of Eric Williams arrived at the federal courthouse in Scranton Monday as they begin the search for justice.
More than four years after their loved one was killed on the job at the federal prison near Waymart, the death is still on the minds of many in Wayne County.
"The world is getting so crazy that nobody is safe anymore" said Pauline Glipin of Waymart.
Federal prosecutors say Jesse Con-Ui stabbed Eric Williams more than 200 times with a homemade weapon leading to his death.
When they found him, co-workers say the 34-year-old was unrecognizable.
Con-Ui's own attorneys admit their client is guilty beyond all doubt but they don't believe he should die for his crime.
At the Belmont Cafe, one of the nearest businesses to the prison, people familiar with the case say the death penalty is warranted in this case.
"You can't change the spots in a leopard. He's a leopard that guy. He killed that poor kid, be done with him, we're wasting time and money with him" said John Regan of Uniondale.
The murder of Eric Williams was caught on camera.
An 11-minute video was played for jurors Monday. It showed his attacker stabbing him over and over and over, pausing at times to wash his hands, take a drink and chew gum.
People in Wayne County say the job of a Corrections officer is a dangerous one and a message has to be sent in this case.
"There are hundreds of people working in lock-ups who have to back to work today, tomorrow and next week so part of the justice issue for everyone else to understand is that there's a penalty involved" added Joe Palenski, Waymart
Testimony in the guilt phase of the trial could take several days. If Jesse Con-Ui is convicted, it would trigger a penalty phase which is expected to last significantly longer.
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