MAYVILLE – The jury selection is now underway in Chautauqua County Court for the retrial of the Cheektowaga man accused of attempted murder against a Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputy.
According to the Post-Journal, no one was seated on Tuesday, the first day of Jury Selection in the case against Justin Haffa.
Haffa faces a charge of first-degree attempted murder, first-degree robbery, and aggravated assault on a police officer following an incident that reportedly took place during the early morning of Sept. 11, 2016 when he was pulled over on Route 60 in the town of Pomfret. According to police, Haffa allegedly attacked a female sheriff deputy during a field sobriety test and wrestled her to the ground, eventually taking her service weapon before fleeing on foot from the scene. He was captured by police a short time later.
Haffa’s initial trial took place in 2017, but a mistrial was declared after Public Defender Ned Barone notified the court his office had not received a DNA report used by the prosecution. Barone will continue representing Haffa in the retrial.
According to the Post-Journal, about 80 potential jurors were brought in for the retrial and jury selection will resume today in Mayville.