Tercero Trial Resumes This Week From Nicaragua
What could be the final day of testimony for the prosecution in an exceedingly rare legal scene in the trial of a man accused of killing a nursing student in Binghamton is scheduled to take place October 22.
Former Binghamton University student Orlando Tercero has been on trial this month for the 2018 killing of fellow B.U. student 22-year-old Haley Anderson. But the court proceedings are taking place in Managua, Nicaragua, with a Nicaraguan prosecutor and a Nicaraguan judge applying the Central American country's law.
American prosecutors have no authority over the trial, but the Broome County District Attorney's office in New York has served as facilitators for witness testimony via satellite link.
Witnesses have testified via a livestream from the district attorney's office with the help of a translator.
Authorities say Tercero strangled Haley Anderson and afterward fled to Nicaragua. The country rejected an extradition request from the U.S.
He is charged with the Nicaraguan count of femicide, carrying a possible 30 year sentence if found guilty.
Tercero’s fate will be decided by a judge instead of a jury due to the unusual international nature of the proceedings.
The three days of testimony has been dragged out over the past three weeks with the judge after each session calling for an adjournment of several days.
The October 22 proceedings are to take place starting at 11 a.m. Nicaraguan time. That’s 1 p.m. local time.