Trial begins for Utica man accused of killing grandmother


A jury trial is being held this week for the Utica man accused of lighting his grandmother on fire.

Testimony started today in the trial of 24-year-old Andre J. Anderson, who is facing two counts of first-degree murder and one count each of first and second-degree arson. Anderson faces life in prison without parole if convicted.

Jury selection was held on Monday, followed by opening statements from the attorneys. Anderson is represented by First Assistant Public Defender Kurt D. Schultz, with First Assistant District Attorney Michael Coluzza prosecuting.

Police said Anderson attacked his 68-year-old grandmother, Freddie McKinney, with a knife at her West Street residence at about 8:50 p.m. Jan. 20. Police said Anderson also set his grandmother on fire before he left, along with setting the house on fire. Police said McKinney was hospitalized for multiple burns, then died several days later at University Hospital in Syracuse.


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