Jury selection set for trial in Williston crash that killed five teens

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Steven Bourgoin, the man charged with killing 5 teenagers in a wrong-way crash in Wiliston in 2016, was in court Tuesday, where this attorneys and prosecutiors agreed to begin selecting a jury to hear the case in late April.

Bourgoin has pleaded not guilty to five counts of second-degree murder for the I-89 crash, which killed Eli Brookens, Janie Chase Cozzi, Liam Hale, Mary Harris and Cyrus Zschau.

Bourgoin’s insanity plea, as well as his lawyer’s unsuccessful change of venue motion, has slowed the beginning of the trial.

Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah George spoke for the victims’ families saying they want the proceedings to get underway on schedule.

“Multiple family members are here, others have reached out to me, as well as other victims in the second crash, that are adamantly objecting to any further delay in this case specifically given that some have already asked for the entire month of May off from work and made child care arrangements. That would be an unnecessary and undue burden on them,” said George.

Jury selection is expected to begin on April 29th.

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