MAYVILLE – The the trial for a Jamestown man accused of killing a 16-month-old toddler over five years ago will soon get underway in Chautauqua County Court.
The Jamestown Post-Journal says jury selection in the case against 35-year-old Tyler Perez will begin today in Mayville.
Perez was indicted in March on a charge of 2nd degree murder after he was initially sent to the county jail without bail on a charge of first-degree manslaughter by an adult against a victim under the age of 11.
In April 2014, 16-month-old Nayla Hodnett of 218 1/2 Newland Ave. was taken to WCA Hospital’s emergency room by her mother before being flown to Buffalo Women & Children’s Hospital for further treatment. The child later died of her injuries. An autopsy determined the child died of blunt-force trauma.
A few weeks following the death Perez was named as a person of interest in the case but was not formally charged in the case until last March.
Perez is being represented by Chautauqua County Public Defender Ned Barone.
The trial is scheduled to be heard in front of Judge M. William Boller out of Buffalo.