Jury selection begins in prison contraband trial for Scott F. Doll
Scott F. Doll is back in Batavia this afternoon, dressed in tan slacks and a new, white, unironed shirt, listening to attorneys question prospective jurors in his newest criminal case.
Doll allegedly tried to smuggle a white powdery substance into the Genesee County Jail on May 20, the day he was convicted by a jury of murdering 66-year-old Joseph Benaquist in February 2009.
It turned out the substance, reportedly stashed in a purple balloon concealed on his body, was nothing more than aspirin.
But even aspirin can't be brought into a jail without permission.
Currently, Doll is living in Fallsburg at the Sullivan Correctional Facility.
Sullivan is an all male, maximum-security prison just north of New York City.
Doll is serving a 15-years-to-life sentence.
Dan Killelea, part of Doll's legal team for the murder trial, is representing Doll in the alleged "promoting prison contraband" case.
More than 30 prospective jurors crowded into Batavia City Court at 1 p.m.
A jury for a misdemeanor allegation in city court is comprised of six people with only one or two alternatives. The number of challenges each attorney can make is reduced to three, so jury selection shouldn't last past this afternoon.
The trial is on the docket for Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.