KITTANNING (KDKA) — A jury of six men and six women was seated Monday in a much-publicized murder case in Armstrong County.
Opening statements and testimony now begins Tuesday morning in the trial of Robert Crissman Jr.
Last July, Crissman, who authorities say was a trustee at the Armstrong County Jail and is a known heroin addict, walked away from the facility because he had access to an open door.
He slipped away un-noticed while a jail guard, who was supposed to be keeping an eye on security cameras, was apparently dozing.
After his jail break, police said he walked to the home of a couple he was acquainted with, where he allegedly beat and strangled 55-year-old Terry Long and stole her boyfriend’s truck.
Crissman was apprehended the following day after a short police chase.
Armstrong County District Attorney Scott Andreassi said investigators did not believe Long and her boyfriend knew that Crissman was an escapee when he showed up at their door.