After July adjournment, jury selection begins again Tuesday

BATH — The second-degree murder trial of Iryn B. Meyers will begin tomorrow — for the second time — in a Steuben County courtroom.

Last month, defense and prosecution attorneys were closing in on the completion of jury selection for the Philippine immigrant’s trial, where she is charged with conspiring with her husband Joseph Meyers to kill David N. O’Dell in February of 2016. But after about two days of jury selection in early July, Brenda Smith Aston, chief Conflict Defender for Steuben County and lead attorney for Iryn Meyers, was hospitalized, bringing the proceedings to a halt.

Aston was reportedly suffered from a severe stomach infection and underwent surgery on July 6. With a key defense attorney sidelined indefinitely, all sides agreed to a month-long adjournment. While six jurors had been selected prior to Aston’s illness, the attorneys agreed to start from scratch when the proceedings begin again on Tuesday.

“There didn’t seem like there was any practical way” to keep the six selected jurors in place until August, Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker told The Evening Tribune last month.

Seating 12 jurors and two alternates is expected to take up much of the first three days of the trial, based on the process in recent homicide cases in Steuben County court. Joseph W. Latham will be the presiding judge, as he was for Joseph Meyers in May.

Iryn Meyers has pleaded not guilty to all charges, including second-degree murder, first-degree arson, attempted insurance fraud, falsifying business records and conspiracy. All the charges are in connection to the death of O’Dell, 60, who was was killed Feb. 15, 2016 in a structure fire at his residence on New Galen Road in Wayland.

Joseph Meyers was convicted by a county jury of first- and second-degree murder, two counts of arson, three counts of falsifying business records, and single counts of attempted insurance fraud and conspiracy. Latham sentenced him to 23 years to life in prison.

The other defense attorney for Iryn Meyers is David A. Hoffman.

According to law enforcement sources, the prosecution plans to call approximately 32 witnesses and offer several dozen exhibits.