Jury selection begins in man’s trial over mother’s death

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Jury selection is now underway in the retrial of a West Seneca man, who is charged with killing his mother during a fight over laundry.

The first trial of Primitivo Cruz ended when the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict, 11 to one, with a single juror who reportedly refused to deliberate. Cruz is charged with killing his 77-year-old mother, Carol Quinn, at their home last year.

Cruz’s defense attorney Frank Bogulski said, “Any criminal case, obviously, must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. And our theory of the case was that the wrong person was on trial.”

Cruz has always denied killing his mother, a retired teacher’s aide for the Buffalo Public Schools who was well-loved and respected in the community. Bogulski says the physical evidence backs Cruz up.

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