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Suspect who Fled after BU Student Death Gets Video Trial

Orlando Tercero

The murder trial of Orlando Tercero, a 23 year old former Binghanton University student, who is charged with killing Binghamton University nursing student Haley Anderson, 23, of Long Island, is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Nicaragua and Broome County.

Anderson was studying nursing when she was found dead March 9, 2018, at Tercero’s residence in Binghamton. He was accused of strangling Anderson to death and then took flight to Nicaragua, where he was taken into custody after his arrival. Nicaragua will not extradite him to Broome County to stand trial. He has been held in a Nicaraguan jail since his arrest.

All local witnesses will be in Broome County and will testify from the District Attorney’s Office via a video stream to the Nicaraguan Court Room. Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell, along with an interpreter, tested the stream Monday with the Nicaraguan judge and prosecutor.

A pre-trial conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Eastern Standard Time, 9 a.m. Nicaraguan Time. During the conference, Cornwell will request the Nicaraguan judge allow media to view the video stream in order to cover the trial. If the judge grants permission, a request will be made to allow audio and visual coverage. If the judge grants permission, a video stream will be set up at the District Attorney’s Office for media coverage. It is expected the trial will begin shortly after the pre-trial conference.

Cornwell’s office will instruct the media of the judge’s decision and, if necessary, instructions where to convene to view the video stream.

District Attorney Steve Cornwell would like to thank the United States Department of Justice, Broome County Executive’s Office, and Broome County Information Technology, for their support and technical assistance.