Modern technology is making a Broome County murder trial possible this week with the accused and witnesses located over 3,000 miles apart, but it isn’t perfect.

Photo: Tatiana Rodriguez Vargas/Nicaragua National Police​
Photo: Tatiana Rodriguez Vargas/Nicaragua National Police​


Participants and observers of the first day of the murder trial of Orlando Tercero in Broome County and Nicaragua October 1 dealt with video break ups and distorted sound.

The next day of the trial of the former Binghamton University student, who is accused of murdering fellow student Haley Anderson in Binghamton in March of 2018, is not scheduled until Friday, October 11.

The 23-year old Tercero is being tried for “femicide” in his native Nicaragua where he fled after Anderson was murdered in Binghamton.  Nicaragua does not have an extradition treaty with the United States and refused to return Tercero to Binghamton.

The October 11, proceedings are to pick up where they left off with witnesses in Binghamton testifying from the Broome County District Attorney’s office, often through an interpreter, with Tercero and his defense on the other side of the video hookup from a courtroom in Nicaragua.

The proceedings on the 11th are due to start at 1 p.m. Binghamton time/ 11 a.m. in Nicaragua.

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