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Lawyers expected to give opening statements in Agan trial

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David Agan Jr. faces 140 charges, including one for murder, filed by state police in connection with the stabbing death of his estranged wife Christina on Dec. 10, 2015.
January 10, 2018 11:30 pm

HUDSON — Opening statements are expected to be given in the murder trial of David Agan on Thursday.

After three days of jury selection proceedings, 14 people were selected to serve on the jury by the end of the day Wednesday. Two of those selected will serve as alternate jurors.

Jury selection will continue Thursday at 9 a.m. when the court anticipates selecting two additional alternate jurors.

Agan, of Valatie, is accused of stabbing his wife to death at the Valatie Medical Arts Building, at 1301 River St., in early December 2015.

He faces one count of first-degree murder, a class A1 felony. Prosecutors also accuse Agan of killing his estranged wife to cover up other alleged crimes. He faces 139 additional felony charges, including 15 counts of third-degree rape, a class E felony; and 28 counts of third-degree criminal sex act, a class E felony.

State police were called to the Valatie Medical Arts Building at about 2 p.m. on Dec. 10, 2015, for a report of an assault. When troopers arrived, they found Christina, of Kinderhook, dead from a stab wound, according to state police.

Attorney Dennis Schlenker, of Albany, represents Agan on the first count of the indictment. Ian Crimmins, of the Public Defender’s Office, represents Agan on counts two through 140. District Attorney Paul Czajka is prosecuting the case along with Assistant District Attorney Ryan Carty. The case will be presided over by Columbia County Court Judge Richard Koweek.

The trial is expected to last three weeks.

Due to the sensitive nature of the case, some prospective jurors said Wednesday they would not feel comfortable serving on the jury.

The charges include incest, sexual conduct with a minor and rape, Czajka told members of the jury panel. Graphic photos and letters would likely be used as evidence, he said.

“They are very, very disturbing,” Czajka said while interviewing potential jurors about the evidence that will be presented during the trial.

Schlenker asked jurors if they would have trouble rendering a “not guilty” verdict in the case of an “extreme emotional disturbance” defense.

Assuming two more jurors are selected by noon, opening statements are expected to be given by 1 p.m. Thursday, Koweek said.

Czajka told the court he was prepared to call two witnesses — the victim’s mother and a social worker on Thursday.

To reach reporter Amanda Purcell, call 518-828-1616 ext. 2500, or send an email to apurcell@thedailymail.net, or tweet to @amandajpurcell.