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Jury selection is underway as trial is set to begin for one of the men accused of murder in Auburn in 2019

The selection of jury members started Monday for the man facing murder charges stemming from the death of Joshua Poole in 2019.

Poole, 36, was shot and killed at 8 Delevan St. in Auburn during an attempted robbery.

Gage Ashley, 22, is charged with his murder.

His co-defendant, Lucciano Spagnola, 19, will not be a part of the trial because he pleaded guilty Friday.

Judge Thomas Leone offered him a deal of 17 years to life, and if he was convicted during the trial could have faced 25 years to life.

Spagnola admitted to shooting and killing Poole and stated he and Ashley both shot him. He will be sentenced Nov. 18.

The jury selection process takes longer due to COVID-19 regulations, and Monday five of the twelve jurors had been selected.

In addition to the 12 necessary jurors, Leone wants to select alternate jurors in the event that any of the jurors are unable to finish.

This will make it so the earliest possible start date for the trial would be Wednesday afternoon, and the trial is expected to take 2-4 weeks.