Opening Statements Made in Mason Earle Double Homicide Case

After a one-day delay, opening statements got underway today in the Mason Earle double homicide trial.

A juror was dropped yesterday and replaced by an alternate.

Earle is the Hamlin man charged in the shooting deaths of Bruce Kane and Alexander Burrow last September. The bodies were found in a burned out car in Hamlin. Investigators said they had both been shot.

During opening statements Prosecutor Matthew Schwartz said text messages showed Earle agreed to meet Burrow because he allegedly owed him money. Burrow happened to be with Kane that night in Kane's car.

Schwartz says he believes Kane was just the driver and was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Initial reporting on the double homicide:

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