Jury Selection Complete In Bonnett Homicide Trial
WILKES-BARRE - The triple homicide trial for arson suspect Preston Bonnett is slated to begin Wednesday in Luzerne County Court. Bonnett is facing three counts of homicide on allegations he set a fire in Laflin that killed his ex-girlfriend’s three children. Prosecutors and defense attorneys completed jury selection in several hours Tuesday, a feat both sides expected would take longer. A total of seven men and five women make up the jury. Three women and one man are alternates. Judge Michael Vough scheduled opening statements to begin at 8:30 a.m. today. Bonnett, 28, of Wilkes-Barre, is facing three counts each of arson and criminal homicide over the Oct. 25 fire at 60 Oakwood Drive, Laflin, that claimed the lives of brothers Erik Dupree, 16, Devon Major, 12, and Ezekiel Major, 7. Prosecutors allege Bonnett set fire to the family’s home because of an ongoing dispute he had with their mother, his ex-girlfriend Susan Major, 48. Prosecutors in the case include First Assistant District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce and Assistant District Attorney Tom Hogans. Bonnett is being represented by attorneys Bernie Brown, Steve Geist and Mary Deady. Prosecutors say they have surveillance video of someone they believe is Bonnett snooping around on the back porch of the family home moments before the fire. A 911 recording of a call from Erik Dupree also puts Bonnett at the scene, prosecutors say.