Selwyn Days: another mistrial?

Although this is the second day of deliberations in the Selwyn Days double murder trial, the number and type of readbacks requested by the jury may suggest that the jury is deadlocked.

Yesterday, the jury asked to re-hear Days’ confession to the brutal 1996 slayings of 79-year-old Eastchester millionaire Archie Harris and his 35-year-old home health aide, Betty Ramcharan, as well as the definition of reaonable doubt. They also asked to see a calendar from 1996 (alibi witnesses said Days was in North Carolina in the days before the murders) and to re-hear testimony from a man who said that one of his employees saw Days in New York around the time of the killings.

Today, the jury asked to re-hear testimony from a former Mount Vernon police captain who took the anonymous call in 2001 that suggested Days was responsible for the murders. The call came from Days’ ex-girlfriend, Cherlyn Mayhew.

Days, a former Mount Vernon resident, is on trial for the third time. His first trial in 2003 ended in a mistrial; he was convicted the following year and sentenced to serve 50 years to life in prison. A judge overturned the verdict in 2009 and ordered a new trial. The current trial, before Westchester County Judge Barry Warhit, began Feb. 7.

If the Days’ case has a hung jury, it will be the second mistrial in a homicide case this month in Westchester County Courts. On March 4, a jury deadlocked after 4 1/2 days of deliberations in the manslaughter trial of former Eastchester police officer¬†James Pileggi. The breakdown was 1-2 for conviction. The District Attorney’s office plans to retry the case.

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.