Two defendants in the Word of Life Church case have waived their rights to a jury trail.

Bruce Leonard and Sarah Ferguson opting for a bench trial before Oneida County Court Judge Michael Dwyer.

Jury selection was scheduled to take place on Wednesday and Thursday.

Opening arguments will now begin on Thursday morning, with the first witness expected to take the stand on Friday.

Leonard and Ferguson are facing charges in the October beating death of 19-year old Lucas Leonard and the assault of 17-year old Christoper Leonard inside the Word of Life Church in Chadwicks.


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