Some charges dropped as jury selected in CDTA bus assault case

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – All 12 jurors were selected on Monday in the trial of two former University at Albany students accused of instigating an attack on a CDTA bus.

Asha Burwell, Ariel Agudio, and a third woman, Alexis Briggs, claimed to have been the targets or a racially motivated attack in January 2016. After an investigation, police said the three women were the aggressors.

Briggs took a deal in the case. The trial for Burwell and Agudio began on Monday.

Before jury selection began, a change of venue request was denied, and four charges were dropped against Agudio because the Albany County District Attorney said the victims of those charges were not available to testify.

Both Burwell and Agudio face charges of Assault, Harassment, and Falsely Reporting an Incident.

Agudio is accused of repeatedly hitting a 19-year-old male student and allegedly tried to assault two other female passengers. Burwell is accused of assaulting a female passenger.

Cameras were not allowed in court, but potential jurors were asked if they had seen the case in the media. Some said yes but they could remain impartial. They were also told race will be a part of the conversation and were asked if that made them uncomfortable.

Six men and six women were selected for the trial. Four alternates will be chosen on Tuesday.


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