A man accused of killing two high school cheerleaders and scattering their dismembered remains in the deep woods will be prosecuted in Tompkins County, a district attorney said Wednesday.
At a meeting Tuesday in Cortland, prosecutors from four counties decided that John B. Andrews, 31, would be tried in Tompkins County, District Attorney George Dentes said.
Events related to the crime purportedly occurred in Tompkins, Cortland, Chenango and Madison counties, raising a question of jurisdiction.
Dentes did not say what charges have been brought in a sealed grand jury indictment against Andrews, who has been jailed on first-degree kidnapping, a charge that presumes the victims died.
Authorities accuse Andrews in the abduction and slayings of Sarah Hajney and Jennifer Bolduc, both 16 and students at Dryden High School, located 45 miles south of Syracuse.
The girls were reported missing Oct. 4 when they failed to show up for school after house-sitting at Sarah's home in McLean.
Andrews, a next-door neighbor, was arrested after police discovered the girls' body parts near a remote cabin near Otselic in Chenango County.