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JURY SELECTION SCHEDULED FOR DRIVER CHARGED WITH DWI IN DEATH OF 2

Jury selection in the vehicular manslaughter trial of Lori Kendziora of West Seneca in the deaths of two Franklinville teens is to start Nov. 15 in Wyoming County Court, Warsaw, court officials said Tuesday.

The tentative date was scheduled after Wyoming County Judge Michael F. Griffith agreed to review grand jury minutes in the deaths of Christina Weaver and Marine Corps Pvt. Jason Wilcox at the request of Wyoming County Public Defender Norman P. Effman, Ms. Kendziora's attorney.

With relatives of both victims in his courtroom, Griffith also scheduled an Oct. 12 hearing on Effman's challenge to the prosecution's planned use of statements Ms. Kendziora, 36, allegedly made to authorities at the accident scene and the State Police barracks in Machias.

Thomas D. Reh, first assistant Wyoming County district attorney, declined to comment after Tuesday's court session. Effman also declined to comment.

Jailed since June in lieu of $75,000 bail in the Wyoming County Jail in Warsaw, Ms. Kendziora was indicted by a Wyoming County grand jury on first-degree vehicular manslaughter, DWI and traffic charges in the deaths of Ms. Weaver, 17, and Wilcox, 19.

Ms. Weaver, who had just graduated from Ten Broeck Academy, and Wilcox were struck from behind while walking along Route 98 at about 2 a.m. June 19.

Ms. Kendziora, who was reportedly driving with a suspended license because of an earlier alcohol-related arrest, was found to have a blood alcohol reading of .13 percent and a small amount of marijuana.

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