Opening Statements Set To Begin In Lackawanna River Drowning Homicide Case

February 19, 2019

SCRANTON — Opening statements are scheduled to begin around 2:30 p.m. today in the trial of a homeless man charged with killing a woman by pushing her into the Lackawanna River.

Ryan M. Taylor, 26, faces trial on charges of first- and third-degree murder in connection with the Feb. 28, 2017 death of Danee Mower. Prosecutors and defense attorneys completed jury selection this afternoon before Lackawanna County Judge Andy Jarbola.

Taylor is accused of pushing Mower into the river near West Olive Street after they got into an argument. An autopsy determined Mower, 28, died from hypothermia and drowning. The case is expected to rely heavily on the testimony of an eyewitness who saw a man, whom police say was Taylor, struggling with a woman, whom police say was Mower, and then push her into the river.

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