Jury Selection for Inmate Accused of Killing Correctional Officer

SCRANTON -- Jury selection is underway for an inmate accused of killing a federal correctional officer in Wayne County.

Convicted murderer Jessie Con-ui was serving time at a federal prison in Wayne County when he allegedly attacked and killed correctional officer Eric Williams in 2013.

Con-ui is now on trial at the federal courthouse in Scranton.

On Monday, prosecutors and defense attorneys spent the morning interviewing potential jurors for the trial of Jessie Con-ui.

Con-ui was an inmate at the federal prison at Canaan in 2013. That's when prosecutors say he stabbed and beat correctional officer Eric Williams to death.

Con-ui was serving a life sentence for a gang-related murder in Arizona. He now faces the possibility of the death penalty if convicted of the murder of Williams.

The officer grew up in Nanticoke. His parents were not in court Monday morning but are expected to attend the trial. They have been advocates for improving safety conditions for correctional officers and were instrumental in passing a law last year that now allows federal officers to carry pepper spray.

According to paperwork, Jesse Con-ui's trial at federal court in Scranton could last up to two months. The selection of 12 jurors and six alternates continued Monday afternoon.

9 comments

  • Mad Dog

    Gotta love that American justice system and our obsession with prisons. Liberals will have the death penalty abolished before this scumbag even gets close. This animal was already a convicted felon AND in prison. Why does he still have a right to a fair trial? It’s a shame the odds these officers face. Our tax dollars are paying for his incarceration and for his nonsense trial. We should decide his fate.

  • i quit..

    ANOTHER WASTE OF TIME. GIVE HIM ANOTHER LIFE SENTENCE. THAT WILL TEACH HIM. DEATH SENTENCE IS A JOKE, WILL NEVER GET DONE..

  • Robert J Mills

    People like you are what is wrong with America. You have empathy for the prisoners and none for the guards. You are a pitiful person.

  • Robert J Mills

    It is his right and it was also Officer Williams right to go home at the end of his tour. Kill this mongrel.

    • hahaha

      TOUR? Lol! Stop making this guy look like a brainwashed military thug. He was a glamourized babysitter. An overpaid at that. Ps. SHIFT, NOT TOUR! HAHAHAHA!!!!!

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