Jury deliberations underway in the 2nd Avenue gas explosion case
[Photo by Nathan Blaney]
Following closing remarks by the prosecution, the jury deliberated for about an hour today before being sent home for the day, according to published reports. They’ll resume tomorrow.
Per the Daily News:
Jurors in Manhattan Supreme Court sat though more than two months of often-technical testimony about the massive explosion that leveled two Second Ave. buildings. Large pipes recovered from the scene were wheeled into the courtroom for the panelists to get a up-close view of the piping infrastructure.
The trial started on Sept. 9 in Manhattan Supreme Court.
Maria Hrynenko, contractor Dilber Kukic and unlicensed plumber Jerry Ioannidis are standing trial on a variety of charges, including manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide for the March 2015 explosion at 121 Second Ave. that killed two men and injured nearly two dozen people here between Seventh Street and St. Mark’s Place.
Hrynenko, Kukic and Ioannidis each reportedly face up to 15 years in prison if convicted of top the counts.