Jury selection begins in murder trial of Angela Pollina
Jury selection began Wednesday in the trial of Angela Pollina, who is accused of second-degree murder in Thomas Valva's death.
Pollina is the ex-fiancée of former NYPD officer Michael Valva.
Last November, Valva was convicted of murder for the death of his 8-year-old son Thomas.
Four groups of 100-130 potential jurors were called in for Pollina's trial. Of those over 400 people, 86 will return on Thursday.
Thomas died in January 2020 after prosecutors say his father and Pollina forced him to sleep in an unheated garage for months.
Since the case has garnered a lot of media attention, the judge asked if people knew about it and could be fair and impartial on a jury. At least half of the room, in each round, raised their hands and were dismissed.
Pollina was seen getting emotional in the courtroom. She was seen crying, and her attorney says he believes it was overwhelming for her.
The lawyer says his client is in good spirits knowing that the right people will be picked for the jury.
The judge also called in another group of around 100 people for Thursday to add to the potential juror pool for the trial.
Pollina is being charged with second-degree murder and child endangerment.
She has pleaded not guilty.