Jury Selected for Frank Bonacci Homicide Trial

Published 04/28 2014 05:30PM

Updated 04/28 2014 06:37PM

Opening statements are expected Tuesday morning in a high-profile homicide trial in Lackawanna County.

A jury was selected to hear the trial of Jason Dominick around 4:00 PM Monday afternoon.

Dominick is accused of killing Frank Bonacci of Dunmore last summer.

The jury consists of seven women and five men.

"I think I would have liked to have tried it. I've been on cases before bu tthey weren't this drastic," Virginia Hargrove of Moosic said.

Virginia Hargrove was one of the potential jurors called to the Lackawanna County Courthouse Monday.

She didn't get selected but has heard about the case.

"I just remember some of the newspapers a while back but that's it," Hargrove said. "I didn't know anything else about it. I didn't even recognize the person that was sitting there."

The trial is high-profile.

Out of the first 100 potential jurors brought into the courtroom, all but three people knew something about the case.

"My daughter was mentioning something to me about it today, about it was her friend's son. He was missing and then when they found him, it was over a girl or something," potential juror Mary Rose Martin of Carbondale said.

Dominick is accused of shooting Bonacci execution-style after an all-night drinking party at his friend Neil Pal's house. Pal is also facing homicide charges in connection with the case but is expected to face trial separately on June 2nd.

Exactly one week after he went missing on July 20, 2013, Bonacci's Jeep Liberty was found over a 72-foot ravine near the area known as "Step Falls" behind the University of Scranton.

After killing Bonacci, investigators say Jason Dominick and Neil Pal wedged a rock on the vehicle's gas pedal, sending it over the cliff.

Investigators think Dominick shot Bonacci because of a dispute over a girl.

"I was ready to serve on the jury. I could have done it fair and impartially," Tony Condella of Clarks Summit said.

Condella didn't get picked for the jury but says he'll be watching to see what the outcome is.

"I heard quite a bit about the case going in, of course, none of the facts, the details," Condella said. "The judge and the attorneys explained it very well."

There are dozens of potential witnesses so the judge expects the trial to take roughly seven days.

Opening statements are expected beginning at 9:30 AM at the Lackawanna County Courthouse in Scranton.

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